U.S. Route 6 in Illinois

U.S. Route 6 (US 6) in the state of Illinois is an eastwest arterial surface road that runs 179.88 miles (289.49 km) from the city of Moline in the Quad Cities area to Lansing at the Indiana state line.

U.S. Route 6
Grand Army of the Republic Highway
US 6 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length179.88 mi[1] (289.49 km)
Existed1932[2]–present
Major junctions
West end I-74 / US 6 in Moline
 
East end I-80 / I-94 / US 6 at Lansing
Location
CountiesRock Island, Henry, Bureau, LaSalle, Grundy, Will, Cook
Highway system
IL 5IL 6

Route description

In Illinois, U.S. Route 6 can be split into the following sections:

Quad Cities to LaSalle–Peru

U.S. Route 6 crosses the I-74 Bridge from Bettendorf, Iowa south into Moline, concurrent with Interstate 74. It remains with Interstate 74 for 5 miles (8 km) until the intersection with Interstate 280 south of the Rock River. U.S. 6 then turns east at the Quad Cities International Airport. It intersects Interstate 80 as it leaves the Quad Cities area, and closely parallels I-80 for the rest of its length in Illinois.

From the Quad Cities, U.S. 6 travels east through the city of Geneseo. At Sheffield, U.S. 6 overlaps U.S. Route 34 through to Princeton. After an interchange with Interstate 180, U.S. 6 runs with Illinois Route 89 to Spring Valley. In the LaSalle-Peru area, U.S. 6 intersects with Illinois Route 251, U.S. Route 51 and Interstate 39.

LaSalle–Peru to Joliet

U.S. 6 then runs past Ottawa, intersecting with the concurrent Illinois Routes 23/71 before joining with Illinois 71 for 4 miles (6 km). Further east, U.S. 6 runs through Marseilles and Seneca, where Illinois Route 170 terminates. It then runs through Morris and overlaps Illinois Route 47 for a slight northward jog. At Channahon, U.S. 6 has an interchange with Interstate 55.

Joliet to Indiana

In the Joliet area, U.S. 6 parallels the Des Plaines River and passes beneath the cantilever bridge carrying Interstate 80 over the Des Plaines River. At this point it is called Railroad Street, but it turns onto McDonough Street with U.S. Route 52 as it crosses the river. It then turns north, overlapping Illinois Route 53 (Chicago Street) and then east with U.S. Route 30 (Cass Street). Two blocks north of leaving U.S. 30, U.S. 6 intersects the southern terminus of Illinois Route 171 and turns east onto Maple Road. In New Lenox it intersects with Interstate 355 and becomes the Southwest Highway.

U.S. 6 turns off the Southwest Highway west of Orland Park and becomes 159th Street, a major eastwest arterial through that town and the southern suburbs of Chicago. In Calumet City, U.S. 6 joins with Illinois Route 83 south to the Interstates 80/94 (Kingery Expressway), and then follows the Kingery east into Indiana.

On this routing, U.S. 6 (like nearby U.S. 30) never enters the city limits of Chicago.

History

U.S. 6 first was shown on maps in 1932, mainly on its current routing except for a more southerly routing from Princeton to Spring Valley through De Pue and at the Illinois/Indiana line. In 1934 it was changed to its current routing from Princeton to Spring Valley. In 1966, the eastern border in Illinois was moved onto the Kingery Highway.[2] The old routing became Business U.S. Route 6 east to Interstate 65. Business U.S. 6 existed in Illinois until the 1970s.

Prior to the formation of US 6, the road west of Princeton was U.S. Route 32. US 32 remained for several more years until the part east of Princeton became an extension of U.S. Route 34.

Major intersections

CountyLocationmi[1][3]kmDestinationsNotes
Rock IslandMoline0.00.0 I-74 west / US 6 west DavenportIowa state line (I-74 Bridge over the Mississippi River)
see I-74 (exits 1-5)
4.57.2 I-280 / I-74 east Peoria, Chicago, Des MoinesEastern end of I-74 overlap; signed as exit 5A (I-280 west)
27th Street / Quad City Airport - Rock Island27th Street is state maintained
5.48.7 US 150 east Coal Valley
Henry12.019.3 IL 84 north (400 East) Colona
Colona13.121.1
I-80 / IL 110 (CKC) to I-74 Des Moines, Joliet
I-80 exit 9
Green River-Osco Road - Green River, Oscoformer US 6 west; state maintained
Geneseo22.736.5 IL 82 north (Henry Street) to IL 92Western end of IL 82 overlap
23.537.8 IL 82 south (Oakwood Avenue) CambridgeEastern end of IL 82 overlap
Atkinson To IL 92 / Spring Streetformer IL 82 spur; state maintained
Annawan36.959.4 IL 78 (Canal Street) Prophetstown, Kewanee
Bureau45.272.7 US 34 west KewaneeWestern end of US 34 overlap
49.078.9 IL 40 to I-80 Rock Falls, Buda, Peoria
Princeton60.697.5 US 34 east / IL 26 north (Main Street) Mendota, DixonEastern end of US 34 overlap; western end of IL 26 overlap; former IL 89 spur to Tiskilwa (state maintained outside Princeton)
61.398.7 IL 26 south (Sixth Street) Bureau Junction, HennepinEastern end of IL 26 overlap
64.9104.4 I-180 to I-80 HennepinI-180 exit 3
Depue Road - DePueformer US 6 east; state maintained
Spring Valley73.6118.4 IL 89 north LaddWestern end of IL 89 overlap
75.6121.7 IL 29 south DePue
76.8123.6 IL 89 south (Spaulding Street)Eastern end of IL 89 overlap
La SallePeru81.0130.4 IL 251 to I-80 Mendota, Tonicainterchange
La Salle82.3132.4 IL 351 south (Joliet Street) OglesbyWestern end of IL 351 overlap
82.5132.8 IL 351 north (Joliet Street) to I-80Eastern end of IL 351 overlap
83.8134.9 I-39 / US 51 Rockford, Bloomington, NormalI-39 exit 57
87.7141.1 IL 178 North Utica
Ottawa96.8155.8 IL 23 / IL 71 west (Columbus Street}) DeKalb, StreatorWestern end of IL 71 overlap
99.0159.3 IL 71 east OswegoEastern end of IL 71 overlap
Seneca109.7176.5 IL 170 south (Main Street) / CR 25 (East 29th Road) Ransom
GrundyMorris121.7195.9 IL 47 south (Division Street) DwightWestern end of IL 47 overlap
122.4197.0 IL 47 north (Division Street) YorkvilleEastern end of IL 47 overlap
WillChannahon136.2219.2 I-55 Chicago, BloomingtonI-55 exit 248
140.9226.8 IL 7 north (Larkin Avenue) to I-80
Joliet143.2230.5 US 52 west (McDonough Street)Western end of US 52 overlap
143.7231.3 US 52 east / IL 53 south / Historic US 66 west (Chicago Street) to I-80Eastern end of US 52 overlap; western end of IL 53 / Historic US 66 overlap
US 30 west / Lincoln Highway west (Cass Street) / IL 53 north / Historic US 66 east (Scott Street)eastern end of IL 53 / Historic US 66 overlap; western end of US 30 / Lincoln Highway overlap
US 30 east / Lincoln Highway east (Cass Street)eastern end of US 30 / Lincoln Highway overlap
145.1233.5 IL 171 north (Collins Street)
New Lenox150.6242.4
I-355 (Veterans Memorial Tollway) to I-80 – West Suburbs
I-355 exit 1
Cedar Road - New Lenoxstate maintained
CookOrland Park157.4253.3 IL 7 (159th Street / Wolf Road) Orland Park, Lockport
159.4256.5 US 45 (LaGrange Road)
Tinley ParkOrland Park
village line
162.4261.4 IL 43 (Harlem Avenue)
Oak Forest165.4266.2 IL 50 (Cicero Avenue)
Markham166.8268.4
I-57 to I-294 north Chicago, Kankakee
I-57 exit 348
168.3270.9
I-294 (Tri-State Tollway) Wisconsin, Indiana
I-294 exit 6
HarveyWood Streetformer US 54; state maintained
170.6274.6 IL 1 (Halsted Street)
South Holland173.3278.9 I-94 (Bishop Ford Freeway) Chicago, IndianaI-94 exit 73
Calumet City174.6281.0 IL 83 north (Torrence Avenue)Western end of IL 83 overlap
Lansing176.2283.6 IL 83 south (Torrence Avenue)
I-80 west / I-94 west (Kingery Expressway) to I-294 north
Eastern end of IL 83 overlap; western end of I-80/I-94 overlap; I-80 exit 161
178.0286.5 I-80 east / I-94 east / US 6 east (Borman Expressway) Toledo, DetroitIndiana state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

KML is from Wikidata
  1. Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2007). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08.
  2. Carlson, Rick (2005-03-15). "Illinois Highways Page: Routes 1-20". Retrieved 2006-05-27.
  3. Google Maps estimate
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