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Author Topic: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?  (Read 5377 times)

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Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« on: April 30, 2013, 12:39:44 PM »

This came up on another thread. Almost all freeways ("expressways") in the Chicago area have a designated name to them: Kennedy, Eisenhower, Stevenson, Dan Ryan, etc. I was just wondering... why doesn't I-57 have a name?

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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2013, 12:50:30 PM »

This came up on another thread. Almost all freeways ("expressways") in the Chicago area have a designated name to them: Kennedy, Eisenhower, Stevenson, Dan Ryan, etc. I was just wondering... why doesn't I-57 have a name?

Any ideas?

Maybe they're saving it for Obama?
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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2013, 01:13:31 PM »

It is a named expressway, but the name, like that of I-80 (Moline Expy), is rarely used.

I-57 is the West Leg of the Dan Ryan Expressway.  It could be considered a southward extension of the Ryan, but the name is not used.  My guess is to differentiate between the main stem of the Ryan (I-90/94) and the West Leg (I-57), the name is never used.
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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2013, 08:41:32 AM »


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Maybe they're saving it for Obama?
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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2013, 10:04:18 AM »

http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=9366.msg218571#msg218571

And AJ thought it would be better in its own thread after posting.  I agree.
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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2013, 02:13:16 PM »



Maybe they're saving it for Obama?
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There is already an "Obama Dr" in the area being used on 127th St in Calumet Park which does go over I-57.  The signage on I-57 does not reflect it but the actual surface street does with a very tiny "127th Street" in the top left corner of the sign.  So I highly doubt that the state, politics aside, will apply Obama Frwy to I-57 ever.
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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2013, 06:33:37 PM »



Maybe they're saving it for Obama?

God I hope not.
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There is already an "Obama Dr" in the area being used on 127th St in Calumet Park which does go over I-57.  The signage on I-57 does not reflect it but the actual surface street does with a very tiny "127th Street" in the top left corner of the sign.  So I highly doubt that the state, politics aside, will apply Obama Frwy to I-57 ever.
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Not that I support renaming I-57 or any other road after Obama (or any other president), there is no reason why naming a surface street after him would prevent the expressway from being named for him too.
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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2013, 07:20:37 PM »

N9JIG, think of it this way. How many times does that already exist where a freeway name has an interchange or an overpass  with an arterial street that has the same name. I can't think of any off hand. This would be an interesting question to answer in the general talk section.
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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2013, 10:24:37 AM »

Chicago's first President is going to have a bunch of stuff named after him in that city when all is said and done.  I wouldn't doubt that a highway of some sort is one of those things. 
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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2013, 10:58:04 AM »

Chicago's first President is going to have a bunch of stuff named after him in that city when all is said and done.  I wouldn't doubt that a highway of some sort is one of those things. 
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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2013, 05:52:37 PM »

N9JIG, think of it this way. How many times does that already exist where a freeway name has an interchange or an overpass  with an arterial street that has the same name. I can't think of any off hand. This would be an interesting question to answer in the general talk section.

Oswego IL has a Douglas Street and a Douglas Road, both of substantial length.  I wonder if anyone ever gets their mail mixed up? 
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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2013, 06:38:16 PM »

Heck, Illinois even had 2 routes with the same number crossing each other for a while. When IL-5 was rechristened I-88 on the East-West Tollway (Now the Reagan...) it crossed IL-88 for a couple years before IL-88 was changed to IL-40.

President Reagan has 2 highways named after him in Illinois, US-14 from Chicago to Harvard and the aforementioned I-88. They don't cross however.
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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2013, 08:14:30 PM »

President Reagan has 2 highways named after him in Illinois, US-14 from Chicago to Harvard and the aforementioned I-88. They don't cross however.

Isn't there also a "Ronald Reagan Trail" somewhere in IL?
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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2013, 08:30:55 PM »

Yes I am not sure exactly where it goes but it runs through Galesburg and ends in Monmouth
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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2013, 08:46:26 PM »

Nothing for Bonzo though.
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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2013, 09:42:17 PM »

N9JIG, think of it this way. How many times does that already exist where a freeway name has an interchange or an overpass  with an arterial street that has the same name. I can't think of any off hand. This would be an interesting question to answer in the general talk section.

Close, but no cigar:  http://goo.gl/maps/p7w5Q
Technically, the Turnpike has an interchange with Turnpike Drive, but the exit is signed for K-15.
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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #17 on: June 25, 2013, 09:58:58 PM »

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Isn't there also a "Ronald Reagan Trail" somewhere in IL?

Yes, this is one of those brown-signed routes that runs N-S thru north central IL, partly on IL-26. It is not a route designation in the numbering sense, more like the Great River Road etc.
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Re: Why isn't I-57 in Chicago a named "expressway"?
« Reply #18 on: June 30, 2013, 07:26:55 PM »

Rick, Douglas St and Douglas Rd in Oswego is not the type of case I was asking for.  There are several instances were minor roads with the same name cross. Hell I even know of (also in Oswego) where Manhattan Circle meets Manhattan Circle at a 4 way intersection.

N9JIG, as far as highway numbers that are the same, again, not what I was asking for. That also occurs in several places.

KP has come the closest with what I was looking for.
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