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Illinois Route 116

Illinois Route 116 marker

Illinois Route 116
IL 116 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length176.07 mi[2] (283.36 km)
Existed1924[1]-present
Major junctions
West end / in Gladstone
 
/ in Roseville
/ in East Peoria
/ in East Peoria
in East Peoria
/ in East Peoria
/ in Benson
in Pontiac
in Ashkum
East end in Ashkum
Location
CountiesHenderson, Warren, Knox, Fulton, Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Livingston, Ford, Iroquois
Highway system
->
US 124 (1926).svg ->

Illinois Route 116 (IL 116) is a 176.07-mile-long (283.36 km) cross-state rural state highway that runs from U.S. Route 34 (US 34) by Gladstone east to the intersection of US 45 (North Front Street) and Old US 45, on the north side of Ashkum.[2]

Route description

The western terminus of Illinois 116 is approximately 10 miles (16 km) from the Iowa state line, east of Burlington, Iowa. It crosses the Illinois River from Peoria to East Peoria with Illinois Route 8 on the Cedar Street Bridge.

On the southeast side of the Illinois River, Route 116, U.S. Route 24 and U.S. Route 150 form a wrong-way concurrency. Travelling northeast along the river, U.S. 150 is marked west before crossing the river to enter Peoria, Illinois 116 is marked east, and U.S. 24 is also marked east before branching to north of Washington. Travelling southwest, U.S. 150 is marked east before branching to Morton, Illinois 116 is marked west before crossing the river to enter Peoria on its southern side, and U.S. 24 is also marked west before continuing south with Illinois Route 29.

IL 116 at the intersection with IL 115

History

U.S. Route 124

U.S. Route 124
LocationPeoria-Biggsville, Illinois
Length80 mi[] (130 km)
Existed1926[4]-1938[3]

U.S. Route 124 (US 124) was a U.S. Highway that was commissioned from 1926[4] to 1938,[3] and was located in Illinois, traveling from Peoria through Biggsville. It was approximately 80 miles (130 km) in length,[] and followed much of the route of IL 116, prior to its decommissioning.[5] SBI Route 116 originally traveled separately from east of Ashkum to East Peoria.

US 124 was one of the original 1928 US routes in Illinois, since US routes didn't appear on Illinois maps until then.[6] It originally went from Peoria to Galesburg, along with the then IL 8, via Farmington and Maquon on the route of the current IL 116, west from Peoria to IL 97, north to IL 8, west to IL 97, then northwest on IL 97 to Galesburg, with the last few miles on the current US 150.[7][8]

In 1934, US 124 was rerouted west on the current IL 116 to near Biggsville, where it connected to US 34, for access to the Mississippi River crossing into Iowa.[9] Westbound traffic from Peoria had a choice. Proceed along US 24 to cross the Mississippi River at Quincy (south-west route) - the old Peoria to Quincy stagecoach route, or take US 124 to cross the Mississippi River (US 34) at Burlington, Iowa (north-west route).

Illinois Route 116

After the entirety of US 124 changed to Illinois 116 as an extension of that route in east-central Illinois. Illinois 116 was a popular agricultural and commercial truck route from Burlington, Iowa (on the Mississippi River) to Peoria, Illinois (on the Illinois River) during World War II and through the late 1960s. This was due to the: Iowa Army Ammunition Plant near Burlington; active strip mining of coal in Fulton County (largely south of the route); farm livestock traffic to the Peoria stockyards; and grain transport (corn and soybeans) to the Illinois and Mississippi barge terminals.

With the completion of Interstate 474 as a western bypass of Peoria in 1978, an Interstate connector (exit 3 on Interstate 474) was constructed as the eastern terminus for the proposed western Illinois expressway (Peoria to Kansas City via Macomb and Quincy). The connector provides access to IL 116.

Related routes

Illinois Route 97A

Illinois Route 97A
LocationRaritan-Media, Illinois
Existed1929[10]-1937[3]

Illinois Route 97A was a short rural spur (state-maintained) that ran from IL 97 (later U.S. Route 124; now IL 116) south of Media to the community of Raritan.

IL 97A was established in 1929 as well as IL 97.[10] It lasted until 1937 when IL 97A was decommissioned.[3] This is because US 124 had superseded what used to be IL 97 entirely in 1935.[9] Today, the route is signed as CR 8.[11]

Illinois Route 116A

Illinois Route 116A
LocationBenson-Toluca, Illinois
Length13 mi[12] (21 km)
Existed1929[10]-January 1993[12][13]

Illinois Route 116A was a 13 miles (21 km)[12] spur of IL 116 that followed what is now part of IL 117.

Initially, IL 116A used to directly connect to Benson.[10] In 1932, the route moved slightly west.[14] It remained like this until 1993 when IL 117 extended north to IL 17 north of Toluca, removing IL 116A in the process.[12][13]

Major intersections

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
Henderson0.00.0 / northInterchange; west end of IL 94 overlap
5.18.2 southEast end of IL 94 overlap
Warren19.331.1
/
Roseville20.432.8
(Main Street)
KnoxSt. Augustine34.054.7
Fulton47.576.4
Farmington56.090.1 south (South Main Street)West end of IL 78 overlap
Fulton-Peoria
county line
57.091.7 northEast end of IL 78 overlap
PeoriaBellevue72.5116.7 Maxwell Road to
Peoria76.4123.0 west (Western Avenue)West end of IL 8 overlap
Illinois River77.7125.0Cedar Street Bridge
TazewellEast Peoria78.5126.3Edmund StreetInterchange
79.0127.1 west / southInterchange; west end of US 24 / IL 29 overlap
79.7128.3 east / east (Camp Street)West end of US 150 overlap; east end of IL 8 overlap
79.9128.6 / north - Bloomington, PeoriaInterchange; east end of IL 29 overlap
83.9135.0 west (McClugage Bridge) / east - Peoria, WashingtonInterchange; east end of US 24 / US 150 overlap
85.0136.8 north
WoodfordMetamora94.8152.6 north (North Niles Street)
99.4160.0 southWest end of IL 117 overlap
Benson108.7174.9 northEast end of IL 117 overlap
114.2183.8 /  - Bloomington-Normal, Rockford
114.6184.4 southWest end of IL 251 overlap
115.6186.0 northEast end of IL 251 overlap
LivingstonPontiac134.3216.1 - Bloomington, Joliet
135.7218.4 westWest end of Historic US 66 overlap
136.3219.4 north / eastEast end of Historic US 66 overlap
Saunemin148.7239.3
Ford160.5258.3
IroquoisAshkum175.3282.1 - Champaign, Kankakee
176.07283.36 (North Front Street)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also

References

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ Carlson, Rich (February 7, 2007). "Illinois Highways Page: Routes 101 thru 120". Retrieved 2007.[self-published source]
  2. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Archived from the original on August 10, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d Illinois Secretary of State; Rand McNally (1939). Illinois Road Map (Map) (1939-1940 ed.). c. 1:918,720. Springfield: Illinois Secretary of State – via Illinois Digital Archives.
  4. ^ a b "1926 Map of the U.S. Highway System" (PDF). Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ Illinois Secretary of State; Rand McNally (1936). Road Map Illinois (Map). [c. 1:950,000 and c. 1:1,110,000]. Springfield: Illinois Secretary of State – via Illinois Digital Archives.
  6. ^ Illinois Secretary of State; H.M. Gousha (1928). Illinois Official Auto Road Map (Map). [c. 1:950,000 and c. 1:1,110,000]. Springfield: Illinois Secretary of State – via Illinois Digital Archives.
  7. ^ Carlson, Rich (February 7, 2007). "Illinois Highways Page: Routes 121 thru 140". Retrieved 2007.[self-published source]
  8. ^ Illinois Secretary of State; Rand McNally (1934). Official Road Map Illinois (Map). [c. 1:950,000 and c. 1:1,110,000]. Springfield: Illinois Secretary of State. OCLC 183709045 – via Illinois Digital Archives.
  9. ^ a b Illinois Secretary of State; H.M. Gousha (1935). Official Road Map Illinois (Map). [c. 1:950,000 and c. 1:1,110,000]. Springfield: Illinois Secretary of State – via Illinois Digital Archives.
  10. ^ a b c d "1929-2 Official Illinois Highway Map". www.idaillinois.org. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ "Map of Henderson County, Illinois" (PDF). Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ a b c d "IL Route 116A". Woodford County Journal. January 21, 1993. p. 2. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ a b Illinois Department of Transportation (1993). Illinois Highway Map (Map) (1993-1994 ed.). [1:762,500]. Springfield: Illinois Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2020 – via Illinois Digital Archives.
  14. ^ Illinois Secretary of State (1932). Official Illinois Highway Map (Map). [c. 1:950,000 and c. 1:1,110,000]. Springfield: Illinois Division of Highways. Retrieved 2020 – via Illinois Digital Archives.
  15. ^ Google (March 1, 2017). "Overview Map of IL 116" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2017.

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