Traveling 128 miles across southern Illinois, Interstate 64 joins St. Louis, Missouri with Louisville, Kentucky along a mostly rural course through the state. Beyond the eastern St. Louis suburbs of Fairview Heights and O'Fallon, I-64 is mostly a long distance and truck route, linking St. Louis with I-57 (and subsequently I-24 east via I-57 south) in Mt. Vernon. The freeway overlaps with I-57 south for 4.14 miles before resuming an eastern heading toward the Evansville, Indiana area.

Interstate 64 Illinois Highway Guides

Interstate 64 was completed in the Metro East area of St. Louis in 1975.1 The freeway through Illinois superseded U.S. 460's role as the main route east from St. Louis to Mt. Vernon and Evansville, Indiana.


Interstate 64 scenes
Illinois 15 (Broadway) meets I-57/64 south of their merge in Mount Vernon. The state route met the Interstates at what was their only interchange until 2009, when adjacent Exit 94 opened with Veterans Memorial Drive. Photo taken 06/01/11.
Veterans Memorial Drive was extended west from 42nd Street to a new diamond interchange with Interstates 57 & 64 in November 2009. The arterial was built to promote economic development in west Mt. Vernon. A subsequent extension lengthened the arterial west to Davidson Avenue. Photo taken 12/27/09.
Eastbound Veterans Memorial Drive at the southbound on-ramp to Interstates 57 & 64. The pair part ways in two miles for Cairo and Evansville, Indiana respectively. Photo taken 12/27/09.

Sources:

  1. "TWO-MILE STRETCH IN ST. CHARLES PAVED WAY FOR AMERICA'S INTERSTATE SYSTEM - HIGHWAYS SHORTENED DRIVES BUT WEAKENED CITIES." St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 14, 2003.


Photo Credits:

12/27/09, 06/01/11 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 55
Interstate 57
Interstate 70

Page Updated 12-16-2014.