Interstate 474 at Illinois
|Get started||West Peoria|
Interstate 474 or I -474 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Illinois. The highway forms a bypass around the city of Peoria, which has 115,000 inhabitants. The highway is an alternative to Interstate 74 through downtown and has 2×2 lanes. The most important piece of art is the bridge over the Illinois River.
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View of Peoria, with I-474 in the foreground.
I-474 begins on the west side of Peoria at an interchange with Interstate 74. In its extension is State Route 6, which forms the city’s northern bypass as a freeway. The highway heads south first, past Peoria Airport, followed by a truss bridge over the Illinois River, before I-474 veers east. Southeast of Peoria, I-474 then terminates at I-74.
After I-74 was opened by Peoria in the mid-1960s, it was considered necessary to build a bypass, although it is of little importance for through traffic. However, the airport of Peoria is located on I-474. The bridge over the Illinois River opened to traffic in 1975, but the rest of the route was built later, in the late 1970s, but at least after 1977. The highway was completed on December 20, 1979.
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Later, plans were made for a complete ring road of Peoria, also called the Eastern Bypass. The northern part of this opened on November 3, 1985 as State Route 6. In 2008, a planning study for the construction of an eastern bypass was launched, resulting in 20 variants that were refined to 4 variants by 2012. It was planned in 2014 to determine a definitive alternative, but the planning was subsequently discontinued.
Usually 28,000 to 32,000 vehicles use I-474 every day, except for the easternmost section, which has 17,000 vehicles.
Interstate 64 in Illinois
|Begin||East St Louis|
Interstate 64 or I -64 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Illinois. The highway runs from East Saint Louis to Grayville on the border with Indiana, and is the southernmost east-west highway in Illinois. The highway is 212 kilometers long.
I-64 in East St. Louis.
I-64 near Fairfield.
The highway begins at the Poplar Street Bridge, the bridge over the Mississippi River, over which Interstate 55 runs. One then comes through the faded glory of East St. Louis, a city that has lost two-thirds of its inhabitants since the 1960s. The city is rather run down, the road network is very poorly maintained, and there are some unfinished bridges and connections. Also, in many places 50% to 100% of the houses in some city blocks have been demolished, a phenomenon called urban prairie. At the derelict downtown, I-64 turns east, while I-55 continues to Chicago, joining I-70 from St. Louis and heading for Indianapolis. On the east side of East St. Louis one crosses theInterstate 255, the eastern bypass of St Louis.
After O’Fallon one leaves the conurbation, and one enters the prairies of southern Illinois. The area is then monotonous and flat. Occasionally one crosses a larger road, such as US 51, which runs from Carbondale to Decatur. At Mount Vernon, I-64 merges with Interstate 57, the highway from Memphis to Chicago. Both roads are then double-numbered for a few kilometers to the south side of Mount Vernon. Then I-64 continues east through the vast agricultural areas. At Mill Shoals you cross the US 45, the road from Harrisburg to Effingham. At Grayville one crosses the Wabash River, also the border with Indiana. Then Interstate 64 goes into Indianaon to Evansville and Louisville.
The Poplar Street Bridge over the Mississippi River was opened in 1967. On October 4, 1974, a 39-mile section from Nashville to I-57 at Mt. Vernon. In December 1973, a 23-mile (23-mile) section from New Baden to Nashville opened. On December 23, 1975, the last 39-kilometer stretch between East St. Louis and New Baden opened to traffic. On August 7, 1975, the eastern section between Mt. Vernon and Mill Shoals about 30 miles to traffic.
In 2007, I-64 between Caseyville and O’Fallon was widened to 2×3 lanes. This is in the eastern suburbs of St. Louis.
In 2012-2013, I-57/I-64 double-numbering at Mount Vernon was widened from 2×2 to 2×3 lanes. This project was completed in December 2013.
|Exit 0||Exit 2||2×4||St Louis|
|Exit 2||Exit 7||2×3||St Louis|
|Exit 7||Exit 130||2×2|
Congestion is relatively rare on I-64, the busiest part being around East St. Louis and O’Fallon, two suburbs of St. Louis. Outside of that, I-64 is quiet, especially east of Mount Vernon, traffic is low with less than 10,000 vehicles per day.
Connections & traffic intensities
|–||East St. Louis, Tudor Avenue||57.400|
|–||East St. Louis, Barack Obama Avenue||57.400|
|3||East St. Louis, St. Clair Avenue||65.700|
|4||East St. Louis, 15th Street||65.700|
|5||East St. Louis, 25th Street||65.700|
|95||Mount Vernon, Ashley||34.000|
|94||Mount Vernon, Veterans Memorial Drive||34.000|