Interstate 74 in Illinois

This article is about the section of Interstate 74 in Illinois. For the entire route, see Interstate 74.

Interstate 74 marker

Interstate 74
Everett McKinley Dirksen Memorial Highway[1]
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length: 220.34 mi[2] (354.60 km)
Major junctions
West end: I-74 / US 6 at Moline

I-280 / US 6 in Moline
I-80 / I-280 in Colona
I-474 in Peoria
I-474 in East Peoria
I-155 near Morton
I-55 / US 51 in Bloomington
I-57 in Champaign

US 45 in Urbana
East end: I-74 at Danville
Highway system
IL 73IL 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 is 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

ScottBettendorf I-74 west / US 6 westContinuation into Iowa
Mississippi River0.000.00I-74 Bridge
Rock IslandMoline1River 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 AirportEastern end of US 6 concurrency; western end of I-280 concurrency; eastbound exits signed 5A (I-280 west) and 5B (US 6 east)
HenryColona Township I-280 ends / I-80 / IL 110 (CKC) Chicago, Des Moines, DavenportEastern end of I-280 concurrency; western end of IL 110 concurrency
Lynn Township24 IL 81 Kewanee, Cambridge
Woodhull32 IL 17 Woodhull, Alpha
US 34 / IL 110 (CKC) west Kewanee, Monmouth
Eastern end of IL 110 concurrency; signed as exits 46A (west) and 46B (east)
48Galesburg, East GalesburgWestbound signed as exits 48A (west) and 48B (east)
Knox Township54 US 150 / IL 97 Lewistown
PeoriaBrimfield Township71 To IL 78 Canton, Elmwood, Kewanee
Brimfield75Brimfield, Oak Hill
Kickapoo Township82Kickapoo, 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 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 IL 29 north Downtown PeoriaWestbound entrance via exit 92B
Illinois RiverMurray Baker Bridge
TazewellEast Peoria94 IL 40 north / Riverfront Drive Downtown PeoriaAdditional eastbound entrance from Camp Street
95A US 150 / IL 29 south / US 24 / IL 116 (North Main Street)Signed as exit 95 westbound
95B US 150 east / IL 8 east (Camp Street)Eastbound exit to eastbound Camp Street and westbound entrance from westbound Camp Street only
96 To IL 8 (East Washington Street)
98Pinecrest Drive
99 I-474 west Moline, Rock Island, PekinEastern terminus of I-474, exit 15.
Morton101 I-155 south Lincoln
102Morton Avenue MortonEastbound signed as exits 102A (south) and 102B (north)
WoodfordGoodfield112 IL 117 Goodfield
Dry Grove Township125 US 150 (Mitsubishi Motorway)
Normal Township127
I-55 / US 51 north to I-39 north Chicago, RockfordWestern end of I-55/US 51 concurrency
Bloomington160 US 150 / IL 9 (Market Street) Pekin
I-55 south / I-55 Bus. (Veterans Parkway) St. LouisEastern end of I-55 concurrency
Bloomington Township135
US 51 south (Main Street) / US 51 Bus. north Decatur, Bloomington
Eastern end of US 51 concurrency
Le Roy149Le Roy
Empire Township152 US 136 Rantoul, Heyworth
De WittFarmer City159 IL 54 Farmer City, Gibson City
PiattBlue Ridge Township166Mansfield
ChampaignMahomet172 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. Joseph192St. Joseph
Ogden197 To IL 49 south Royal, Ogden
VermilionOakwood Township200 IL 49 Fithian, Rankin
206Potomac, Oakwood
Danville Township210 US 150 (M.L. King Drive)
Danville214G Street
215 US 150 / IL 1 (Georgetown Road, Gilbert Street)Signed as exits 215A (east/south) and 215B (west/north)
216Bowman Avenue, Perrysville Road
220Lynch Road
I-74 eastContinuation into Indiana
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. 1 2 State of Illinois (n.d.). "605 ILCS 15 / Dirksen Memorial Highway Act". Illinois Compiled Statutes. Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  2. 1 2 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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