Illinois Route 59
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Illinois Route 59

Illinois Route 59 marker

Illinois Route 59
Sutton Road
Kerry Sheridan Memorial Highway
Neltnor Boulevard
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length71.13 mi[2] (114.47 km)
Existed1924[1]-present
Major junctions
South end in Shorewood
  in Shorewood
in Plainfield
in Aurora

/ in Naperville
in Bartlett

in Hoffman Estates
in Barrington
in Wauconda
in Fox Lake
North end in Antioch
Location
CountiesWill, DuPage, Cook, Lake
Highway system
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Illinois Route 59 is a north–south state highway in northeastern Illinois. It runs south from Illinois Route 173 in Antioch to I-55 in Shorewood, spanning the north–south width of Chicago's western suburbs. This is a distance of 71.13 miles (114.47 km).[2]

Route description

Facing south along Illinois Route 59, taken from the Illinois Prairie Path.

Illinois 59 is a major four-lane arterial for most of its length, running parallel to and about five miles (8 km) east of the Fox River in Illinois. It is especially congested in the suburbs of Aurora and Naperville, where traffic counts average 40,000-55,000 vehicles per day. To accommodate the congestion, the 7.5-mile stretch between Ferry Road and 95th Street has been widened to six lanes. In the corridor from Shorewood to Plainfield and in the corridor from Warrenville to Hoffman Estates, the road is also fairly congested, with traffic counts averaging 25,000-40,000 vehicles per day; these portions are four lanes wide. Most portions along Illinois 59 are zoned for commercial uses, however there are extensive stretches of residential areas along the road in West Chicago, Barrington, and Fox Lake Hills. Illinois 59 is the only numbered highway with a Metra station named after it: the Route 59 station on the BNSF line, which differentiates the station from the Naperville and Aurora stations.[3]

Illinois 59 is called Fox Lake Road in Fox Lake Hills, Grand Avenue in portions of Ingleside and eastern Fox Lake, Sutton Road from South Barrington to Bartlett, Neltnor Boulevard in West Chicago, Hough Street in Barrington, and Brook Forest Avenue and Cottage Street in Shorewood.

Illinois 59 overlaps U.S. Route 12 (Rand Road) between Wauconda and Fox Lake.

In almost every town or village spanning Route 59, retail development and residential sprawl can be found. The Route 59 corridor includes regional shopping areas in the Naperville/Aurora area, the Hoffman Estates/South Barrington/Streamwood area, the Plainfield area, and the Joliet/Shorewood area. The Route 59 corridor also includes large community retail areas in Volo/Fox Lake, Wauconda, Bartlett, West Chicago, and Warrenville. Route 59 also travels through the Barrington Historic District and is proximate to significant office complexes and job centers at its junctions with Interstate 90 and Interstate 88; these intersecting corridors of commerce are known as the Golden Corridor and the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor respectively. The regional shopping malls Westfield Fox Valley in Aurora and The Arboretum of South Barrington can also be found along the Route 59 corridor.

History

SBI Route 59 ran from Joliet to Antioch on the current Illinois 59. Illinois 59 was replaced by U.S. Route 66 as U.S. 66 made its way onto a new highway in 1940; by 1957, Illinois 59 had been returned to its original state.[1]

The Illinois Department of Transportation opened a diverging diamond interchange at Illinois 59 and Interstate 88 in September 2015.[4]

Major intersections

Intersection of IL 59 and IL 132 in Fox Lake Hills. Image taken traveling southbound on 59.
CountyLocationmi[5]kmDestinationsNotes
WillShorewood0.00.0 southSouthern terminus of IL 59; southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-55 exit 251
Southern end of Kerry Sheridan Memorial Highway
1.52.4 (Jefferson Street) to
Northern end of Kerry Sheridan Memorial Highway
Plainfield7.211.6 east / east (Joliet Road)Southern end of US 30/Lincoln Highway concurrency
7.411.9 west (Lockport Street)Northern end of Lincoln Highway concurrency
7.812.6 (Main Street)
8.513.7 west (143rd Street)Northern end of US 30 concurrency
DuPageAurora-Naperville
city line
17.528.2 (Ogden Avenue)
Naperville21.033.8
/ (Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway) - DeKalb, Chicago
Diverging diamond interchange; I-88 exit 123
Warrenville22.235.7 (Butterfield Road)
West Chicago25.240.6 (Roosevelt Road) - Wheaton, GenevaInterchange
29.247.0 (North Avenue)Red light camera enforcement intersection (southbound only)
CookBartlett35.757.5 (Lake Street) - Elgin, ChicagoInterchange
Streamwood36.558.7 (Irving Park Road)
Hoffman Estates38.461.8 (Golf Road)
39.964.2
(Jane Addams Memorial Tollway) - Chicago, Rockford
I-90 exit 59
Hoffman Estates-South Barrington
village line
40.465.0 (Higgins Road)
Barrington Hills43.369.7 / west (Algonquin Road)Southern end of IL 68 concurrency
44.771.9 east (Dundee Road)Northern end of IL 68 concurrency
LakeBarrington47.576.4 (Northwest Highway, Ronald Reagan Highway)
North Barrington49.579.7
Wauconda54.187.1 east (Rand Road)Southern end of US 12 concurrency; interchange
55.188.7 (Liberty Street, Wauconda Road)Interchange
Volo59.796.1 (Belvidere Road)
Fox Lake62.9101.2 east / CR A26 west (Big Hollow Road)Western terminus of IL 134; eastern terminus of CR A26
63.4102.0 westNorthern end of US 12 concurrency; interchange
Fox Lake Hills-Lake Villa
village line
67.6108.8 east (Grand Avenue)Western terminus of IL 132
Antioch71.13114.47Northern terminus of IL 59
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

External links

References

  1. ^ a b Carlson, Rick. Illinois State Highways Page: Routes 41 through 60. Last updated March 15, 2006. Retrieved March 23, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved .
  3. ^ Metra. Metra Home Page. Retrieved May 2, 2006.
  4. ^ "DIVERGING DIAMOND INTERCHANGE OPENS AT ROUTE 59, I-88 IN NAPERVILLE". Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Google (February 19, 2017). "Overview Map of IL 59" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2017.

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