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Interstate 74 West - East Peoria & Peoria

Interstate 74 west
Still within Exit 99 (Interstate 474), drivers see the one-mile guide sign for Exit 98 (Pinecrest Drive). Photo taken 05/24/08.
West Interstate 74 shield assembly posted in East Peoria. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Pinecrest Drive leads south from the Exit 98 diamond interchange to Tazewell County 22 (Muller Road) on the outskirts of East Peoria. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Exit 98 leaves Interstate 74 west for Pinecrest Drive. Fanley Hollow Road continues the local road northwest along a forested drive to Bloomington Road in East Peoria. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Meeting Interstate 74 next is East Washington Street at a folded-diamond interchange (Exit 96). Photo taken 05/24/08.
Upcoming exit sign listing the distances to the next three interchanges, all serving central East Peoria. Points of interest served include the EastSide Sports Complex at Exit 96, Illinois Central College at Exit 95, and the V.A. Clinic at Exit 94. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Speed limits reduce to 55 mph on the half-mile approach to Exit 96 along Interstate 74 west. Washington Street branches southwest from U.S. 150 & Illinois 8 at Camp Street to The Levee District retail development beyond Main Street (U.S. 24 & Illinois 29-116).
U.S. 150 combines with Illinois 8 west from Meadows Avenue to the intersection of Camp and Main Streets, where the US Highway turns north and IL 8 turns south. Illinois 8 follows the original path of U.S. 24 west from Washington otherwise. Photo taken 05/24/08.

A blue hospitals mileage sign follows for downtown Peoria medical centers (Exits 92B/92A). Photo taken 05/24/08.
The grassy median of Interstate 74 is replaced by a jersey barrier on the descent into the Illinois River valley. Interstate 74 was reconstructed to modern standards between 2002 and 2007 through Peoria as part of the Upgrade 74 project. Photo taken 05/24/08.
With Fondulac Drive passing over the freeway in the distance, Interstate 74 parts ways with Exit 96 to East Washington Street and U.S. 150 & Illinois 8. U.S. 150 meets Interstate 74 again at Exit 95 along side U.S. 24 and Illinois 29-116. Illinois 8 otherwise constitutes a 47-mile route from Washington to Illinois 97 south of Maquon. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Interstate 74 lowers across Farm Creek and a Norfolk Southern Railroad line on the half-mile approach to Exit 95 with U.S. 150 & Illinois 116 (North Main Street). U.S. 24 was relocated in 2010 from Peoria to follow U.S. 150 & IL 116 north four miles to the Mc Clugage Bridge and Main Street south through Creve Coeur to I-474. Photo taken 05/24/08.
The Washington Street on-ramp forms an exit only lane for U.S. 24-150 & Illinois 29-116 (Exit 95). Illinois 29 was also relocated from Washington Street through downtown Peoria to share pavement with I-74 across the Murray Baker Bridge from Exit 95. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Ramps from a wye interchange (Exit 95B) tie into Interstate 74 from Camp Street (U.S. 150 & IL 8), beyond the Farm Creek levee. Exit 94 to Downtown Peoria follows for interests to Peoria Civic Center, Peoria Riverfront District, and O'Brien Field, home of the Peoria Chiefs Class A minor league baseball club. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Illinois 116 travels west across the Cedar Street Bridge with Illinois 8 into Peoria. Eastward, the 190-mile state route continues to Germantown Hills. U.S. 150 combines with U.S. 24 to their split just east of the Mc Clugage Bridge. U.S. 150 spans the Illinois River to Grand View Park, following War Memorial drive to again mix with Interstate 74 at Exit 89. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Exit 95 descends to meet U.S. 150 & Illinois 116 (North Main Street) from under the high-level Fondulac Drive overpass. Until mid-2000s construction redesigned the exit into a diamond interchange, a full-cloverleaf joined Interstate 74 with Main Street. See this 1975 photo for the view from Fondulac Drive back then. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Crossing over Main Street, Interstate 74 quickly approaches Riverfront Drive (Exit 94) in one quarter mile. Illinois 29 (Adams & Jefferson one-way street couplet) and Glen Oak Avenue (Exit 92B) lie west of the Illinois River. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Interstate 74 west & Illinois 29 north
Interstate 74 & Illinois 29 briefly carry four westbound lanes leading into the directional-cloverleaf interchange with Illinois 40 (Exit 94). Previously a trumpet interchange connected with the Washington Street connector to the Bob Michel Bridge into downtown. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Illinois 40 more or less begins at the Exit 94 flyover to Washington Street. The state route crosses the Illinois River through to ramps with Adams Street near O'Brien Field and Washington Street (former U.S. 24 & IL 29). The state route tallies 108 miles northward from Peoria to Mt. Carroll. Photo taken 05/24/08.
One mile east of the split with Illinois 29 north (Adams Street & Jefferson Avenue) on Interstate 74 west. Glen Oak Avenue (Exit 92B) and Illinois 40 (Knoxville Avenue) line the freeway northwest between Methodist and St. Francis Hospitals. Photo taken 05/24/08.
The Peoria skyline comes into view in this westbound scene ahead of the Murray M. Baker Bridge across the Illinois River. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Rising onto the four-lane Murray M. Baker Bridge on Interstate 74 west. This 3,036-mile cantilever span opened in 1958.1 Photo taken 05/24/08.
The first of seven Peoria exits is the half-diamond interchange (Exit 93) with Illinois 29 and old U.S. 24 (Adams Street north / Jefferson Avenue south). U.S. 24 & Illinois 29 combined 3.8 miles from the Cedar Street Bridge (Illinois 8 & 116) northward to the McClugage Bridge (junction U.S. 150) until 2010, when both were removed from Washington Street when the city took over maintenance from IDOT. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Interstate 74 crests over the Illinois River and enters Peoria County midway across the Murray M. Baker Bridge. Photos taken 05/24/08.
Lowering toward the Exit 93 off-ramp to Spalding Avenue (westbound side frontage street). Originally separate ramps served U.S. 24 east & Illinois 29 (Adams Avenue) north and U.S. 24 west & Illinois 29 (Jefferson Street) south. The loop ramp onto Adams was eliminated during the Upgrade 74 reconstruction. During that time, the Baker Bridge was shortened 180 feet to accommodate new ramps.1 Photo taken 05/24/08.
Exit 93 ascends from Interstate 74 (Murray M. Baker Bridge) west to the intersection of Spalding Avenue and Adams Street (Illinois 29 north). U.S. 24 followed Washington Street from nearby Hamilton Boulevard through downtown toward Bartonville until 2010. Northward, Illinois 29 follows Galena Road from U.S. 150 to Peoria Heights, north Peoria, and Mossville. The state highway travels 180 miles overall from Pana to Spring Valley. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Interstate 74 west
Interstate 74 lowers to below grade from Adams Street to Glendale Avenue. A second half-diamond interchange provides return access from Waters Street. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Exit 92B departs in one quarter mile for adjacent Spalding Avenue (Illinois 40). Illinois 40 emerges from downtown Peoria via the couplet of Glendale (south) and Perry (north) Avenues to line Interstate 74 at Glen Oak Avenue. A direct ramp (Exit 92A) connects with Knoxville Avenue (Illinois 40 north from Spalding) in a half mile. Photo taken 05/24/08.
A look at reconstructed Interstate 74 near the Madison Avenue overpass. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Exit 92B ties into Illinois 40 (Spalding Avenue) north at Greenleaf Street. A turn onto Glen Oak Avenue underneath Interstate 74, connects drivers with the state route south along Fayette Street to Glendale Avenue and the central business district. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Spalding Avenue forms the northbound beginning of Knoxville Avenue (Illinois 40) at Glen Oak Avenue. Berkley Avenue travels along side St. Francis Medical Center and the adjacent directional wye interchange (Exit 92A) to Pennsylvania Avenue. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Motorists bound for Illinois 40 (Knoxville Avenue) leave Interstate 74 west and pass over a tunneled on-ramp from Spalding Avenue. Knoxville Avenue otherwise comprises a north-south arterial to Illinois 6 and northern reaches of the city. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Interstate 74 leaves the Illinois River flats and curves westward to University Street near Bradley University (Exit 91). Photo taken 05/24/08.
One half mile east of the Exit 91 six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange with University Street at the North Street over crossing of Interstate 74. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Originally a two-ramp movement, Exit 91 carries two lanes from Interstate 74 west to University Street. University Street leads south to Bradley University and West Main Street (former Illinois 8) and north parallel to I-74 to U.S. 150 (War Memorial Drive). Photo taken 05/24/08.
Westbound shield of Interstate 74 posted between the Ellis Street and Sheridan Road overpasses. In addition to Bradley University, Exit 91 also serves interests to adjacent Shea Stadium, Lakeview Museum and the Expo Gardens. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Mileage sign touting the distances to the next three interchanges: Gale Avenue (Exit 90), War Memorial Drive (U.S. 150), and Sterling Avenue (Exit 88). Photo taken 05/24/08.
Unique support structures are found at Broadway and University Streets over the channelized Dry Run between the west and eastbound lanes of Interstate 74. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Drivers bound for University Street leave Interstate 74 west at Exit 91. University Street south becomes MacArthur Highway through to the Cedar Street Bridge. Northward the arterial continues to Pioneer Parkway (former Illinois 381), where the street downgrades into a local road. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Interstate 74 turns northward between Bradley Park and Shea Stadium on the half-mile approach to Exit 90 with Gale Avenue. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Nebraska Avenue crosses over Interstate 74 just south of the Exit 90 diamond interchange with Gale Avenue. Gale Avenue angles northwest from Sheridan Road to meet the freeway at El Vista in Peoria. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Exit 90 parts ways with Interstate 74 for Gale Avenue. Gale Avenue continues northwest a short distance to end at Sterling Avenue. "Upgrade 74" construction straightened the Exit 90 westbound ramp. Photo taken 05/24/08.
U.S. 150 (War Memorial Drive) and Interstate 74 come together by Northwoods Mall and Golden Acres at Exit 89 on 0.75 miles. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Interstate 474 reappears to westbound drivers on this mileage sign, posted by the Forest Hill Avenue over crossing at El Vista. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Interstate 74 reduces from six to four overall lanes west of the Exit 89 trumpet interchange. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Exit 89 leaves the westbound freeway for an access road and adjacent trumpet interchange with U.S. 150 (War Memorial Drive). U.S. 150 leads east to Peoria Heights and northwest to Golden Acres and the Illinois 6 freeway at Orange Prairie. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Traffic on Exit 89 partitions into separate ramps for U.S. 150 (War Memorial Drive) to the north as Exit 88 prepares to split with the westbound mainline for Sterling Avenue at Northwoods Mall. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Sterling Avenue stems south from Glen Avenue and U.S. 150 (War Memorial Drive) to a diamond interchange (Exit 88) with Interstate 74. The arterial ventures south from Exit 88 as Peoria County R54 to end at Illinois 8 (Farmington Road), south of El Vista. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Interstate 474 west and Illinois 6 south come together at the Exit 87 directional-cloverleaf interchange in two miles. Photo taken 05/24/08.
The freeway transitions from urban to rural design ahead of Big Hollow Creek on the approach to Interstate 474. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Interstate 474 loops west and south by way of Bellevue, Bartonville and Creve Coeur to provide a bypass route of Peoria. Completed in December 1979, Interstate 474 travels 14.88 miles overall. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Exit 87B leaves Interstate 74 west in one half mile for Illinois 6 north to Chillicothe (via Illinois 29). Illinois 6 exists as a nine-mile freeway spur of Interstate 474 to Illinois 29 at Mossville. Photo taken 05/24/08.
Illinois 6 ends at a trumpet interchange and connector road to Illinois 29, eight miles south of Chillicothe. A stub at the north end alludes to two possible projects: an extension of Illinois 6 across the Illinois River to a freeway leading south back to Interstate 474 at East Peoria and a plan for either a new freeway north to Interstate 180 or a tie in with an upgraded Illinois 29 expressway with bypasses of Chillicothe and Henry. Additional details on these proposals can be found on the AARoads Blog post "Corridors to Peoria". Photo taken 05/24/08.
Exit 87A loops onto the Illinois 6 freeway ahead of its merge with Interstate 474 east. Interstate 474 leads five miles south to Greater Peoria Regional Airport (PIA). Photo taken 05/24/08.



Sources:

  1. Murray Baker Bridge @ Wikipedia.org.
Photo Credits:
2008-05-24 by AARoads

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