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Re: Illinois notes
« Reply #1050 on: June 14, 2018, 01:53:55 AM »

Ran across this article that has historical facts about the interstate system in Illinois: http://www.nwherald.com/2018/03/27/illinois-at-heart-of-the-u-s-interstate-system/akahmlo/

"Since the completion of I-39 in 1992, Illinois has seen only one new interstate: the 9/10ths of a mile I-41 in Lake County."

This is incorrect, I-355 from I-55 to I-80 definitely opened after 1992, and (I think) the original section, from Army-Trail Road to I-55, opened after I-39.


I am not sure exactly when I-39 opened, but the original I-355 segment from Army Trail to I-55 opened before I left the NW Suburbs to move to NC at the end of 1990. I drove it once in both directions not long after if first opened, just to say I "clinched" it. I want to say it was there for about a year or so before I moved, but that was so long ago that I can't really say for sure.
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Re: Illinois notes
« Reply #1051 on: June 14, 2018, 05:49:02 AM »

Ran across this article that has historical facts about the interstate system in Illinois: http://www.nwherald.com/2018/03/27/illinois-at-heart-of-the-u-s-interstate-system/akahmlo/

"Since the completion of I-39 in 1992, Illinois has seen only one new interstate: the 9/10ths of a mile I-41 in Lake County."

This is incorrect, I-355 from I-55 to I-80 definitely opened after 1992, and (I think) the original section, from Army-Trail Road to I-55, opened after I-39.

I am not sure exactly when I-39 opened, but the original I-355 segment from Army Trail to I-55 opened before I left the NW Suburbs to move to NC at the end of 1990. I drove it once in both directions not long after if first opened, just to say I "clinched" it. I want to say it was there for about a year or so before I moved, but that was so long ago that I can't really say for sure.

The original segment of I-35, I-55 to Army Trail, opened December 24, 1989.  I-39 was completed afterward between Bloomington and LaSalle.  However, I-39 was designated in 1987-88 along with I-88.
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Re: Illinois notes
« Reply #1052 on: June 15, 2018, 02:58:47 AM »

Ran across this article that has historical facts about the interstate system in Illinois: http://www.nwherald.com/2018/03/27/illinois-at-heart-of-the-u-s-interstate-system/akahmlo/

"Since the completion of I-39 in 1992, Illinois has seen only one new interstate: the 9/10ths of a mile I-41 in Lake County."

This is incorrect, I-355 from I-55 to I-80 definitely opened after 1992, and (I think) the original section, from Army-Trail Road to I-55, opened after I-39.

I am not sure exactly when I-39 opened, but the original I-355 segment from Army Trail to I-55 opened before I left the NW Suburbs to move to NC at the end of 1990. I drove it once in both directions not long after if first opened, just to say I "clinched" it. I want to say it was there for about a year or so before I moved, but that was so long ago that I can't really say for sure.

The original segment of I-35, I-55 to Army Trail, opened December 24, 1989.  I-39 was completed afterward between Bloomington and LaSalle.  However, I-39 was designated in 1987-88 along with I-88.

I guess my recollection wasn't that far off then, I left Chicagoland on December 18th 1990.

It's funny, I actually remember IL-5 becoming I-88, but I didn't know anything of I-39 until I was perusing a Rand McNally atlas in my bathroom sometime in the mid 90's. I rarely looked at the full Illinois map, I usually stuck to the detailed Chicago area map page so yes I-39 was quite the shock pre-internet.
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Re: Illinois notes
« Reply #1053 on: June 15, 2018, 09:42:57 AM »

Ran across this article that has historical facts about the interstate system in Illinois: http://www.nwherald.com/2018/03/27/illinois-at-heart-of-the-u-s-interstate-system/akahmlo/

"Since the completion of I-39 in 1992, Illinois has seen only one new interstate: the 9/10ths of a mile I-41 in Lake County."

This is incorrect, I-355 from I-55 to I-80 definitely opened after 1992, and (I think) the original section, from Army-Trail Road to I-55, opened after I-39.

I am not sure exactly when I-39 opened, but the original I-355 segment from Army Trail to I-55 opened before I left the NW Suburbs to move to NC at the end of 1990. I drove it once in both directions not long after if first opened, just to say I "clinched" it. I want to say it was there for about a year or so before I moved, but that was so long ago that I can't really say for sure.

The original segment of I-35, I-55 to Army Trail, opened December 24, 1989.  I-39 was completed afterward between Bloomington and LaSalle.  However, I-39 was designated in 1987-88 along with I-88.

I guess my recollection wasn't that far off then, I left Chicagoland on December 18th 1990.

It's funny, I actually remember IL-5 becoming I-88, but I didn't know anything of I-39 until I was perusing a Rand McNally atlas in my bathroom sometime in the mid 90's. I rarely looked at the full Illinois map, I usually stuck to the detailed Chicago area map page so yes I-39 was quite the shock pre-internet.


I had the same thought when I saw I-43 between Green Bay and Milwaukee for the first time.

Also in the late 1980s, a friend gave me a ride home to Madison from Central Wisconsin, and she used the new US-51 freeway between Stevens Point and Portage.  I had no idea they were even building a freeway there! 
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Re: Illinois notes
« Reply #1054 on: June 15, 2018, 09:50:53 AM »

I-41 should not count, as it's basically grafted onto I-94 from the border to Milwaukee.

But sure, I was also surprised to see I-39, I-43 and I-88 in a new atlas that I just bought; at that time, I was already at UCLA. A few years later, I got an even bigger shock when I-73/I-74 in NC and I-99 in PA showed up, and I thought that this was just a cruel joke the publishers were playing on me, until I realized that they actually existed.
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Re: Illinois notes
« Reply #1055 on: June 15, 2018, 10:11:56 AM »

I had the same thought when I saw I-43 between Green Bay and Milwaukee for the first time.

Also in the late 1980s, a friend gave me a ride home to Madison from Central Wisconsin, and she used the new US-51 freeway between Stevens Point and Portage.  I had no idea they were even building a freeway there! 

The shock for me was when they changed WI-15 to I-43. I was living in Waukesha and in High School, and one day WI-15 "became" an interstate. I had no idea it was coming!

I do remember a bit later when they raised the speed limit to 65. One of the radio stations in Milwaukee did a bit where they advertised that WisDOT was asking for people to make "6"'s to put on all the speed limit signs. :-D

I apologize for the thread derailment - this just triggered a memory...
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Re: Illinois notes
« Reply #1056 on: June 15, 2018, 10:27:31 AM »

The original segment of I-35, I-55 to Army Trail, opened December 24, 1989.  I-39 was completed afterward between Bloomington and LaSalle.  However, I-39 was designated in 1987-88 along with I-88.

I-39 was opened in segments. Generally from Rockford to the south. I was at the IL River Bridge opening in 1987, all I remember was that it was a very cold day. Traffic was detoured onto US 51 at Oglesby, then what the locals called the "Missing 51" - it was US 51, and 51 miles of non-interstate to Bloomington-Normal.  Also was at the opening of I-39 from Mendota to the north, I think it was 1984 or so. Gov. Thompson was at both events. The section between Oglesby and B-N was first open to around Lostant in the early 1990s, and then the full length opened in 1992...right as I was ending grad school at U of I. I-39 shaved about 20 minutes off my trips from Ottawa to U of I even though it was back-tracking for me.
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Re: Illinois notes
« Reply #1057 on: June 15, 2018, 08:26:27 PM »

I drove 80 and then Illinois 5 a lot in the 80s. The 80 to 90 sections of 39 were built as part of Big Jims big capital Bill of the early 80s where he tried to figure out what segments of the supplemental freeway system would be built. The 80 to 55 segment was in a second capital bill.I was really surprised how quickly it became 39. It was 1985 right after it opened and before the final segment was officially approved. It met interstate requirements then connecting 80 to 90. 55 and Wisconsin were added a little later and 88 was shortly thereafter because of the federal speed limit law. It took longer to get the 72 designation.
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Re: Illinois notes
« Reply #1058 on: June 17, 2018, 08:46:09 PM »

I drove 80 and then Illinois 5 a lot in the 80s. The 80 to 90 sections of 39 were built as part of Big Jims big capital Bill of the early 80s where he tried to figure out what segments of the supplemental freeway system would be built. The 80 to 55 segment was in a second capital bill.I was really surprised how quickly it became 39. It was 1985 right after it opened and before the final segment was officially approved. It met interstate requirements then connecting 80 to 90. 55 and Wisconsin were added a little later and 88 was shortly thereafter because of the federal speed limit law. It took longer to get the 72 designation.

I remember after the Lincoln Bridge opened over the IL River to get I-39 down to Oglesby, cant tell you how many accidents I witnessed on US51 to Lostant. Always trucks hitting cars.

Also we got to experience the "Wenona Weave" where I-39 was co-located on US51. Construction had you shifting way over to go under the new bridges and then back over to old ROW.

But the real buster was how long it took the contractor to get the bridge done over the Mackinaw River at Kappa. I would drive by on the old bridge next to it and it was like snails pace in progress. In wintertime, even slower.

I-39 was preferred on the Sunday night return to Chicago. On holiday weekends, if there was an accident on I-55 between Bloomington and Joliet, forget about it. Even without an accident, return traffic up I-55 after 6pm would get bad.  So I would check traffic reports before I reached Bloomington and if they were as expected, I just went up I-39. Yep, it was more miles total but much less hassle reaching the west suburbs.

As for Big Jim and his capital projects, I can tell you that parts of I-39 were paid for with funds he looted from the US50 buildout to freeway standards from O'Fallon (I-64) to Carlyle.

That is why there are so many ghost bridges, ramps and pavement there.
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Re: Illinois notes
« Reply #1059 on: June 17, 2018, 08:47:45 PM »

New bridge across the Illinois River at Meredosia is supposed to open this Tuesday.

https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article/Meredosia-bridge-set-to-open-Tuesday-13001339.php
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