Interstate 74 in Illinois Article

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Interstate 74 marker

Interstate 74
Everett McKinley Dirksen Memorial Highway [1]
I-74 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length220.34 mi [2] (354.60 km)
Major junctions
West end I-74 / US 6 at Moline
East end I-74 at Danville
Counties Rock Island, Henry, Knox, Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, McLean, DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion
Highway system
IL 73 IL 75

Interstate 74 (I-74) in the U.S. state of Illinois is a major northwest–southeast Interstate Highway that runs across the central portion of the state. It runs from the Iowa state line at the Mississippi River near the city of Rock Island and runs southeast to the Indiana state line east of Danville, a distance of 220.34 miles (354.60 km). [2] The highway runs through the major cities of Champaign, Bloomington, Peoria, and Moline.

The highway is officially named after Everett McKinley Dirksen, a Republican Senator and U.S. Congressman from Pekin from 1933 to his death in 1969. [1]


In November 2006 major work was completed on the Upgrade 74 project for the portion of I-74 in the Midwest. This multi-year project, begun in April 2002, saw the complete renovation of I-74 through East Peoria and Peoria. Most notably the interstate was widened to three lanes through the cities, many blind or hairpin exits and entrances to the highway were removed or corrected, and many bridges crossing the highway were replaced. The biggest part of this project was work on the Murray Baker Bridge, over which I-74 crosses the Illinois River. The bridge was completely closed to traffic while being partially dismantled and reconstructed from April 2 to October 15, 2005. During this time I-74 was disconnected between Peoria and East Peoria. [3] In late March 2013, the biggest road reconstruction project in the Peoria area since the 2002-2006 project- a complete $86.6 million revision of the Morton, Illinois I-74/I-155 interchange system- started its beginning phases (Morton, a hub for the two interstates and the site of facilities for Caterpillar, Pepsi, and Libby's Pumpkin, is a growing Peoria suburb, across the Illinois River, east of East Peoria and Pekin, in Tazewell County). This latest project was scheduled to be finished by Summer 2016 and the reconstruction is being scheduled in phases to minimize traffic disruption. [4]


The Iowa and Illinois departments of transportation are in the planning stages to build a new bridge to replace the aging I-74 Bridge. The Iowa-bound bridge opened in 1935; the Illinois bridge in 1958. [5] In addition to replacing the bridges, the scope of the bi-state coalition's plan includes updating 7 miles (11 km) of I-74 mainline and interchanges from 53rd Street in Davenport to the Avenue of the Cities in Moline. [6]

Parallel bridges cross a river
I-74 begins on the I-74 Bridge over the Mississippi River at Moline

Exit list

Mississippi River0.000.00 I-74 / US 6 westContinuation into Iowa
I-74 Bridge
Rock Island Moline1River DriveEastbound exit and westbound entrance only
27th Avenue
3Avenue of the Cities
4 IL 5 (John Deere Road)Signed as exits 4A (west) and 4B (east)
5 I-280 west / US 6 east – Des Moines, Rock Island, Quad City International AirportEastern end of US 6 concurrency; western end of I-280 concurrency; eastbound exits signed 5A (I-280 west) and 5B (US 6 east)
Henry Colona Township I-280 ends / I-80 / IL 110 (CKC) – Chicago, Des Moines, DavenportEastern end of I-280 concurrency; western end of IL 110/CKC concurrency
Lynn Township24 IL 81 – Kewanee, Cambridge
Woodhull32 IL 17 – Woodhull, Alpha
Knox Galesburg46A US 34 west ( IL 110 (CKC) west) – MonmouthEastern end of IL 110/CKC concurrency
46B US 34 east – Kewanee
48East Main Street – GalesburgWestbound signed as exits 48A (west) and 48B (east)
Knoxville51 Knoxville
Knox Township54 US 150 / IL 97 – Lewistown
Peoria Brimfield Township71 To IL 78 – Canton, Elmwood, Kewanee
Brimfield75 Brimfield, Oak Hill
Kickapoo Township82 Kickapoo, Edwards
87 I-474 east / IL 6 north – Indianapolis, ChillicotheSigned as exits 87A (I-474) and 87B (IL 6); exits A-B on I-474; western terminus of I-474
Peoria8814288 To US 150 west / Sterling AvenueAccess to US 150 signed eastbound only
8914389 US 150 (War Memorial Drive)Access from eastbound I-74 to westbound US 150 and from eastbound US 150 to westbound I-74 at exit 88
90Gale Avenue
91University Street
92A IL 40 north (Knoxville Avenue)
92B IL 40 south / Glen Oak Avenue – Downtown Peoria
Glendale AvenueFormer right-in/right-out; replaced by exit 92B
Jefferson AvenueFormer interchange with no eastbound exit; replaced by exit 93
93 To IL 29 north / Washington StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance; serves General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
IL 29 north (Adams Street) / Jefferson Avenue – Downtown PeoriaWest end of IL 29 concurrency; westbound exit and eastbound entrance; serves General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
Illinois River Murray Baker Bridge
Tazewell East Peoria94 IL 40 north / Riverfront Drive – Downtown Peoria via Michel BridgeSouthern terminus of IL 40
95A IL 29 south / US 150 / US 24 / IL 116 (North Main Street)East end of IL 29 concurrency; signed as exit 95 westbound
95B US 150 / IL 8 east (Camp Street)Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
96 To US 150 / IL 8 east / East Washington Street
98Pinecrest Drive
99 I-474 west – Moline, Rock Island, PekinEastern terminus of I-474; I-474 exit 15
Morton101 I-155 south – Lincoln
102Morton Avenue – MortonEastbound signed as exits 102A (south) and 102B (north)
Woodford Goodfield112 IL 117 – Goodfield
McLean Carlock120 Carlock
Dry Grove Township125 US 150 (Mitsubishi Motorway)
Normal Township127 I-55 north ( US 51 north) – ChicagoWestern end of I-55/US 51 concurrency; I-55 south exit 163
Bloomington160 US 150 / IL 9 (Market Street) – PekinExit number follows I-55
134A I-55 south – St. Louis, SpringfieldEastern end of I-55 concurrency; I-55 north exit 157A
134B I-55 Bus. north (Veterans Parkway) – Airport
Bloomington Township135
US 51 south (Main Street) / US 51 Bus. north – Decatur, Bloomington
Eastern end of US 51 concurrency
Downs142 Downs
Le Roy149 Le Roy
Empire Township152 US 136 – Rantoul, Heyworth
DeWitt Farmer City159 IL 54 – Farmer City, Gibson City
Piatt Blue Ridge Township166 Mansfield
Champaign Mahomet172 IL 47 – Gibson City, Mahomet
174Prairieview Road
Champaign179 I-57 to I-72 west – Memphis, Chicago, DecaturSigned as exits 179A (south) & 179B (north); exit 237 on I-57
181Prospect Avenue
182Neil Street
Urbana183Lincoln Avenue
184 US 45 (Cunningham Avenue) – Rantoul
185 IL 130 (University Avenue)
St. Joseph192 St. Joseph
Ogden197 To IL 49 south – Royal, Ogden
Vermilion Oakwood Township200 IL 49 – Fithian, Rankin
206 Potomac, Oakwood
Danville Township210 US 150 (M.L. King Drive)
Danville214G Street
215A US 150 east / IL 1 south (Georgetown Road) Cloverleaf interchange
215B US 150 west / IL 1 north (Gilbert Street)
216Bowman Avenue, Perrysville Road
IllinoisIndiana line220.34354.60220Lynch RoadEastbound entrance extends into Indiana
I-74 eastContinuation into Indiana
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b State of Illinois (n.d.). "605 ILCS 15 / Dirksen Memorial Highway Act". Illinois Compiled Statutes. Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Staff (October 31, 2002). "Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways as of October 31, 2002". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved September 29, 2006.
  3. ^ Staff (January 4, 2007). "Upgrade 74". Illinois Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 26, 2006.
  4. ^ Buedel, Matt. "$86.6 million road project begins Monday near Morton". Journal Star. Peoria, IL. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  5. ^ Dispatch/Argus staff (2005). "Mississippi Bridge Timeline". The Dispatch / The Rock Island Argus. Progress 2005. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  6. ^ Staff. "I-74 Corridor Overview". Iowa Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 25, 2011.

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