Interstate 57 marker

Interstate 57

I-57 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MoDOT and IDOT
Length386.12 mi[1] (621.40 km)
Existed1959–present
Major junctions
South end I-55 / US 60 in Sikeston, MO
Major intersections
North end I-94 in Chicago, IL
Location
CountryUnited States
StatesMissouri, Illinois
CountiesMO: Scott, Mississippi
IL: Alexander, Pulaski, Union, Johnson, Williamson, Franklin, Jefferson, Marion, Fayette, Clay, Effingham, Shelby, Cumberland, Coles, Douglas, Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Will, Cook
Highway system
US 56MO Route 58
IL 56IL IL 57

Interstate 57 (I-57) is a north–south Interstate Highway in Missouri and Illinois that parallels the old Illinois Central Railroad for much of its route. It runs from Sikeston, Missouri, at I-55 to Chicago, Illinois, at I-94. I-57 essentially serves as a shortcut route for travelers headed between the South (Memphis, New Orleans, etc.) and Chicago, bypassing St. Louis, Missouri and Springfield, Illinois. Between the junction of I-55 and I-57 in Sikeston and the junction of I-55 and I-90/I-94 in Chicago, I-55 travels for 436 miles (702 km), while the combination of I-57 and I-94 is only 396 miles (637 km) long between the same two points. In fact, both the control cities on the overhead signs and the destination mileage signs reference Memphis along southbound I-57, even as far north as its northern origin at I-94 in Chicago.[2] Likewise, at its southern end, Chicago is the control city listed for I-57 on signs on northbound I-55 south of Sikeston, even though I-55 also goes to Chicago.[3]

As of 2022, I-57 has no spur routes nor are any planned for the near future.[4] At a length of just over 386 miles (621 km), it is the second-longest two-digit Interstate Highway without an auxiliary route, behind I-49. I-57 has one business loop in Charleston, Missouri.

Route description

Missouri

Cairo I-57 bridge between Missouri and Illinois
Cairo I-57 bridge between Missouri and Illinois

In the state of Missouri, I-57 runs northbound from Sikeston to the Cairo I-57 Bridge over the Mississippi River north of Cairo, Illinois.

After ending southbound at I-55, the highway continues as U.S. Route 60 (US 60), which meets US 67 at Poplar Bluff, and, from there, US 67 goes south to Little Rock, Arkansas.

From the start of I-57 northbound, the US 60 concurrency goes about 12 miles (19 km).

Illinois

The Dan Ryan Expressway West Leg (now more commonly referred to as I-57) at 99th Street in 1970
The Dan Ryan Expressway West Leg (now more commonly referred to as I-57) at 99th Street in 1970

See also: Dan Ryan Expressway

In the state of Illinois, I-57 runs from the bridge over the Mississippi River north to Chicago. I-57 is the longest Interstate Highway in Illinois. Its route follows essentially the earlier route of US 51 in southernmost Illinois (US 51 has been diverted to I-57 where I-57 has always been close to old US 51 between Future City and Dongola) before taking a northeastward diagonal to Illinois Route 37 (IL 37), which remains intact as a town-to-town through route, past its interchange with I-24 (the northwestern terminus of I-24) near Pulleys Mill and a short duplex with I-64 near Mount Vernon north to Effingham, where it has a short concurrence with I-70. It then follows US 45, bypassing Champaign (where it meets I-72 and I-74), and heads north to Onarga, whereafter it follows the formerly duplex path of US 45 and (now decommissioned in most of Illinois) old US 54 to Kankakee. At Kankakee, it heads northward largely parallel to the now decommissioned route of old US 54 (since renumbered largely as IL 50) into the Chicago area, meeting I-80 in Hazel Crest, I-294 in Blue Island, and feeding I-94 on Chicago's South Side.

The route is an easy way for Chicagoans to reach Shawnee National Forest in the southern tip of the state. It also serves as a major artery for college students in the state, running near Shawnee Community College in Ullin, the main campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, John A. Logan College in Carterville, Morthland College in West Frankfort, Rend Lake College in Ina, Lake Land College in Mattoon, Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Parkland College in Champaign, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in Urbana–Champaign, Kankakee Community College in Kankakee, Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, and Governors State University in University Park.

I-57 remains the only Chicago expressway that does not have a commonly used name. Its Chicago-area portion was formerly known as the Dan Ryan Expressway–West Leg. I-57 was named the Ken Gray Expressway in southern Illinois after former US Congressman Ken Gray (West Frankfort) for his work on getting the route planned through southern Illinois. A 20-mile (32 km) segment from Wentworth to Sauk Trail has been designated the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Trail,[5] but this is not intended as a navigational name.

History

The oldest segment of I-57 is a 6.2-mile (10.0 km) strip running east of Bradley to Kankakee labeled on the 1959 Illinois state highway map.[6] Two years later, a 30-mile (48 km) stretch of I-57 from Dongola north to Marion opened on September 26, 1961.[7][self-published source] Another portion between the IL 121/US 45 exit and the Watson–Mason exit was completed and opened prior to July 1965, linking I-57 to I-70 and running in tandem with I-70 for several miles, with access to Indianapolis, Indiana, to the east and St. Louis, Missouri, to the west.[citation needed] A 21.5-mile (34.6 km) section of I-57 in Jefferson County from Bonnie (using a temporary road that is still partially visible from the northbound lanes) to IL 161 later opened on December 9, 1969.[8] The portion of I-57 in Chicago (known as the Dan Ryan West Leg Extension) was constructed and opened in segments between 1963 and 1970. It remains the most recent Interstate Highway to be established within the city.[7] The final section of I-57 in Illinois opened in December 1971 at Paxton.[9]

The portion of I-43 from Milwaukee to Green Bay was originally numbered as Interstate 57.[10] The number was changed due to the existence of I-57 in Illinois.[11]

I-57 was widened to six lanes in Effingham from 2011 until 2016.[12]

For many years, an interchange at the junction of I-57 with I-294 did not exist. It was one of the few places in the US where Interstates cross but have no interchange. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (ISTHA) opened Phase 1 of a new interchange in 2014, providing access from I-57 north to I-294 north and from I-294 south to I-57 south.[13] Phase 2 which completed the remaining movements except for northbound I-57 to southbound I-294 and northbound I-294 to southbound I-57 was opened to traffic on September 11, 2022.[14]

Future

Future I-57 in North Little Rock
Future I-57 in North Little Rock

I-57 is slated to eventually be extended west along US 60 to Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and then south along the US 67 corridor to North Little Rock, Arkansas, ending at I-40. In April 2016, a provision designating US 67 from North Little Rock to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, as "Future I-57" was added into the federal fiscal year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill and officially became law in 2017.[15]

Missouri has already upgraded 62 miles (100 km) of the US 60/US 67 corridor between Sikeston and Route 158 near Harviell to a mixture of freeway and expressway segments. All at-grade crossings along the corridor would have to be eliminated before the Interstate designation could be applied.[16] A new freeway segment from Route 158 to just south of Neelyville near County Road 274 (about two miles (3.2 km) north of the Arkansas border) has been announced as part of a cost share program and is in the planning stages.[17][18] In August 2022, redesign of the US 67 and U.S. Route 160/ Route 158 interchange began.[19]

In Arkansas, 118 miles (190 km) of Interstate-grade US 67 runs from I-40 to US 412 in Walnut Ridge, leaving a segment of approximately 40 miles (64 km) of new Interstate-grade highway along US 67 that still needs to be built in northeastern Arkansas.[20] On February 23, 2018, Arkansas state officials unveiled a "Future I-57" sign to be posted along the corridor of US 67.[21]

Exit list

StateCountyLocationmi[22][23]kmExitDestinationsNotes
MissouriScottSikeston0.0000.000
US 60 west – Dexter, Poplar Bluff
Continuation beyond I-55; southern end of US 60 concurrency; future I-57 south
0.000–
0.538
0.000–
0.866
1 I-55 – Memphis, St. LouisCurrent southern terminus; signed as exits 1A (south) and 1B (north); I-55 exit 66
MississippiLong Prairie Township4.9167.9124 Route B – Bertrand
Charleston10.74517.29210
I-57 BL north / Route 105 – Charleston, East Prairie
13.02720.96512

I-57 BL south / US 60 east / US 62 / Route 77 – Charleston, Wyatt
Northern end of US 60 concurrency
Mississippi River22.328
0.00
35.933
0.00
Interstate 57 Bridge
Missouri–Illinois state line
IllinoisAlexanderCairo1.42.31
US 51 south / IL 3 – Cairo, Olive Branch
Southern end of US 51 concurrency
PulaskiMounds Precinct7.612.28Mounds Road
Ullin17.728.518Ullin Road
UnionDongola District 1 Precinct24.439.324Dongola Road
Dongola District 2 Precinct25.040.225
US 51 north – Carbondale
Northern end of US 51 concurrency; northbound exit and southbound entrance
Stokes Precinct30.048.330 IL 146 – Anna, Vienna
Lick Creek Precinct36.358.436Lick Creek Road
JohnsonGoreville No. 1 Precinct39.763.940Goreville Road
WilliamsonSouthern Precinct43.970.744
I-24 east – Nashville
Western terminus of I-24
45.272.745 IL 148
Marion52.985.153Main Street – MarionFormer IL 13
53.686.354 IL 13 – Carbondale, Harrisburg
The Hill Avenue
Split into exits 54A (IL 13) and 54B (The Hill Ave.) northbound
Johnston City58.994.859Herrin Road / Broadway Blvd - Johnston City, Herrin
FranklinWest Frankfort64.6104.065 IL 149 – West Frankfort, Zeigler, Thompsonville, De Soto
Benton71.6115.271 IL 14 – Christopher, BentonTo IL 34
Ewing Township77.5124.777 IL 154 – Sesser, Whittington
JeffersonIna82.6132.983Ina
Dodds Township91.5147.392
I-64 east – Louisville
Southern end of I-64 concurrency; I-64 exit 78 westbound
Mt. Vernon93.7150.894Veterans Memorial Drive
94.7152.495 IL 15 – Ashley, Mt. Vernon
96.2154.896
I-64 west – St. Louis
Northern end of I-64 concurrency; I-64 exit 73 eastbound
Dix103.5166.6103Dix
MarionRaccoon Township109.2175.7109 IL 161 – Centralia
Salem116.4187.3116 US 50 – Salem, Sandoval
Kinmundy Township127.2204.7127Kinmundy, Patoka
FayetteFarina135.4217.9135 IL 185 – Vandalia, Farina
Clay
No major junctions
EffinghamMason Township144.7232.9145Edgewood
150.7242.5151Mason, Watson
Summit Township157.3253.1157
I-70 west – St. Louis
Southern end of I-70 concurrency; exit 92 eastbound
Effingham159.4256.5159Fayette Avenue
160.5258.3160 IL 32 / IL 33Access to Lake Shelbyville and Convention Center
162.2261.0162 US 45 – Sigel, EffinghamAccess to Lake Land College and Kuthe Center
Teutopolis Township163.4263.0163
I-70 east – Indianapolis
Northern end of I-70 concurrency; exit 98 westbound
Shelby
No major junctions
CumberlandNeoga Township177.0284.9177 US 45 – Neoga
ColesMattoon184.4296.8184 US 45 / IL 121 – Toledo, Mattoon
189.6305.1190 IL 16 – Charleston, MattoonSigned as exits 190A (east) and 190B (west)
192.4309.6192 CR 18 (Mattoon-Charleston Enterprise Parkway)
DouglasArcola203.6327.7203 IL 133 – Arcola, Paris
Tuscola211.7340.7212 US 36 – Newman, Tuscola
ChampaignPesotum219.9353.9220 US 45 – Tolono, Pesotum, Tuscola
Tolono Township228.6367.9229Monticello, Savoy, TolonoAccess to Willard Airport
Champaign Township231.7372.9232Curtis Road
Champaign235.2378.5235
I-72 west / University Avenue – Springfield, Decatur
Signed as 235A (University Ave.) and 235B (I-72); I-72 exit 182
237.4382.1237 I-74 – Indianapolis, PeoriaSigned as exits 237A (east) and 237B (west); I-74 exit 179
238.4383.7238Olympian Drive
Hensley Township240.5387.0240Market Street
Rantoul250.2402.7250 US 136 – Fisher, Rantoul
FordPaxton260.9419.9261 IL 9 – Paxton, Gibson City
IroquoisArtesia Township271.9437.6272Buckley, RobertsRoberts signed northbound only
Onarga Township279.9450.5280 IL 54 – Onarga, RobertsRoberts signed southbound only
Gilman282.9455.3283 US 24 – Gilman, Chatsworth
Ashkum Township292.7471.1293 IL 116 – Ashkum, Pontiac
Clifton296.5477.2297Clifton
Chebanse Township301.6485.4302Chebanse
KankakeeKankakee307.5494.9308 US 45 / US 52 – Kankakee
311.6501.5312 IL 17 – Kankakee, Momence
315.3507.4315 IL 50 – Bradley, Bourbonnais
Bourbonnais318.4512.4318Bourbonnais ParkwayOpened November 2, 2018[24]
Manteno321.6517.6322Manteno
WillPeotone Township327.1526.4327Wilmington, Peotone
Monee335.1539.3335Manhattan, Monee
University Park337.1542.5337Stuenkel Road / University ParkwayAccess to Governors State University; interchange opened on October 30, 2015
CookRichton Park339.0545.6339Sauk Trail
Matteson340.69548.29340 US 30 / Lincoln HighwaySigned as exits 340A (east) and 340B (west) southbound
342.21550.73342Vollmer RoadSigned as exits 342A (east) and 342B (west) southbound
Bremen Township344.67–
344.86
554.69–
555.00
345


I-80 to I-294 Toll south – Indiana, Iowa
Signed as exits 345A (east) and 345B (west); I-80 exit 151
346.62557.83346167th StreetSigned as exits 346A (east) and 346B (west)
Markham347.90559.89348 US 6 (159th Street)Signed as exits 348A (east) and 348B (west)
349.62562.66349
I-294 Toll (Tri-State Tollway) – Wisconsin, Indiana
I-Pass or pay online; no northbound exit to I-294 south; no southbound entrance from I-294 north; I-294 exit 7
Posen350.15563.51350 IL 83 (147th Street / Sibley Boulevard)
Calumet Park353.25568.50353127th Street / Burr Oak Avenue
Calumet ParkChicago line354.25570.11354119th Street
Chicago355.27571.75355111th Street / Monterey Avenue
357.32575.05357 IL 1 sorth (Halsted Street)Northern terminus of IL 1
358.47576.90
I-94 east (Bishop Ford Freeway) – Indiana
Northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-94 exit 63
358.57577.06358Wentworth AvenueSouthbound exit only
359.12577.95
I-94 west (Dan Ryan Expressway) – Chicago Loop
Northern terminus; I-94 exit 63
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Charleston business loop

Interstate 57 Business marker

Interstate 57 Business

LocationCharleston, Missouri
Length2.94 mi (4.73 km)

Interstate 57 Business (I-57 Bus.) in Charleston begins at I-57 exit 10. From this diamond interchange, it runs north in a concurrency with Route 105 along South Main Street into the city center. It then turns east onto Marshall Street, which also carries US 62 and Route 77. The business route ends at I-57 exit 12, with US 62 and Route 77 continuing to the east.

See also

References

  1. ^ Federal Highway Administration (October 31, 2002). "Table 1: Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways as of October 31, 2002". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 13, 2006.
  2. ^ American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. "Interstate Control Cities". American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  3. ^ Missouri Department of Transportation. Exit 64A sign (Highway guide sign). Sikeston: Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  4. ^ Federal Highway Administration (December 31, 2018). "Table 2: Auxiliary Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways as of December 31, 2018". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  5. ^ "Stretch of Illinois highway named for Tuskegee Airmen". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  6. ^ Illinois Division of Highways; H.M. Gousha (1959). Illinois Official Highway Map (Map). [1:790,00]. Springfield: Illinois Division of Highways – via Illinois Digital Archives.
  7. ^ a b "Interstate 57". Interstate Guide. Retrieved May 17, 2019.[self-published source]
  8. ^ Mt. Vernon Register-News. December 9, 1969. ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help)[full citation needed]
  9. ^ Southern Illinoisan. December 29, 1971. ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help)[full citation needed]
  10. ^ Fond du Lac Reporter. March 9, 1972. ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help)[full citation needed]
  11. ^ The Journal Times. Racine, WI. December 10, 1974. ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help)[full citation needed]
  12. ^ "I-57/I-70 Rehabilitation". Lochmueller Group. Archived from the original on March 24, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  13. ^ "Interchange connecting I-57, I-294 opens". ABC7 Chicago. October 25, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  14. ^ "I-294/I-57 Interchange Project - Phase 2". Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Retrieved December 3, 2022.
  15. ^ "Arkansas Highway to Receive 'Future I-57' Designation". Times Record. Arkansas News Bureau. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  16. ^ Heuring, Leonna (August 1, 2010). "MoDOT Celebrates Completion of US 60 Four-Lane Project with Caravan". The Southeast Missourian. Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  17. ^ Ruch, Amber (March 3, 2020). "Gov. Parson visits transportation cost-share project in Poplar Bluff, Mo". KFVS-TV. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  18. ^ "U.S. 67 (Future I-57) in Butler County". Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  19. ^ Newsdesk, Region 8. "First phase of Future I-57 project slated to begin". www.kait8.com. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  20. ^ Reaves, Jonathan. "Arkansas 'has a lot of work to do' to bring 'Future I-57' to Missouri line". KASU-TV. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  21. ^ Pettit, Emma. "Corridor stretching from North Little Rock to northeast Arkansas recognized as future interstate". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  22. ^ Missouri Department of Transportation (November 14, 2012). MoDOT HPMAPS (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  23. ^ Google (July 10, 2014). "Map of Interstate 57 in Illinois" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  24. ^ Dykstra, John (November 3, 2018). "I-57 interchange at Bourbonnais Parkway finally opens". The Daily Journal. Kankakee, Illinois. Retrieved November 5, 2018.

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