Interstate 80 East - Bureau County to Peru/LaSalle

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Interstate 80 East
Rural scene along Interstate 80 east preceding the crossing of Hennepin Canal northeast of Sheffield. Photo taken 05/06/10.
The first of four Bureau County interchanges along Interstate 80 joins the freeway with Illinois 40 at Exit 45. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Illinois 40 runs 108 miles north between Interstate 74 at East Peoria and Illinois 78 at Mt. Carroll. Photo taken 06/20/15.
The folded diamond interchange with Illinois 40 lies along the north side Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park. Photo taken 12/27/09.
Illinois 40 heads southward four miles to Buda and 51 miles to Peoria. The state route continues almost due north 25 miles to Interstate 88 outside Sterling. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Another lengthy exit less stretch ensues along Interstate 80 east toward Princeton as the freeway advances across north-central Illinois. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Joliet is now less than 100 miles away, with Downtown Chicago following in 126 miles via I-55 north. Photo taken 06/20/15.
A 3.4 mile straight away across farm land commences on I-80 east ahead of the East 1200th Street overpass. Photo taken 06/20/15.
The first rest stop along Interstate 80 since the Mississippi Rapids Rest Area by the state line lies one mile ahead of West Bureau Creek. This is the first facility available to trucks since the rest area at Bettendorf, Iowa. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Interstate 80 curves southward from timberland surrounding West Bureau Creek to the rest area off-ramp. A westbound area lies opposite. Photo taken 06/20/15.
A trailblazer precedes the eastbound on-ramp from the Wyanet area rest area. Photo taken 05/09/09.
Leaving the rest area, eastbound drivers see a second reassurance marker on the stretch between Exits 45 and 56. Photo taken 06/20/15.
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Interstate 80 winds northeast to parallel a BNSF Railroad line ahead of Big Bureau Creek. Photo taken 06/20/15. Second photo taken 12/27/09.
The Princeton city limits spreading north across Interstate 80 to surround the forthcoming diamond interchange (Exit 56) with Illinois 26 (North Main Street). Photo taken 06/20/15.
Illinois 26 leads south to Downtown Princeton, combining with U.S. 34 west along the way to U.S. 6 (Peru Street). U.S. 34 turns west with U.S. 6 to Wyanet while U.S. 6 east remains east to Hollowayville and La Salle. Photo taken 06/20/15.
North from Exit 56, Illinois 26 travels 29 miles to Dixon, Hometown of President Ronald Reagan. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Exit 56 leaves I-80 east for IL 26. The state route measures 135 miles overall between Peoria and Wis 69 north of Freeport and Oneco. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Interstate 80 encircles the northeast side of Princeton to the U.S. 34 (Elm Place) underpass. There is no direct interchange between the two as U.S. 34 ventures northeast to Dover, La Moille and Mendota. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Next in line for drivers is the northern terminus of Interstate 180 (Exit 61) in four miles. Chicago is now 114 miles to the east. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Two miles out from the trumpet interchange (Exit 61) with Interstate 180 south on I-80 east.
A car accident took out this sign by June 2015. It was replaced by that fall. Photo taken 12/27/09.
Interstate 180 spurs 13.18 miles south and east to Hennepin in Putnam County. The freeway was completed in 1969 to provide access to a steel plant and otherwise serves rural areas with traffic counts as low as 2,000 vehicles per day (2011). Photo taken 06/20/15.
Interstate 180, in conjunction with Illinois 29 south along the Illinois River, provides a direct route to Peoria from I-80 at Exit 61. Photo taken 12/27/09.
CR 27 (2400 Street East) spans Interstate 80, one half mile from Exit 61 to I-180. Interstate 180 travels nine miles south to a three-wye interchange with a connector to IL 29. There the route turns east to span the Illinois River to Hennepin. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Interstate 80 east parts ways with Exit 61 onto Interstate 180 south. I-180 ends at a diamond interchange with Illinois 26 south to East Peoria and Illinois 71 east to Granville. Photo taken 06/20/15.
East from I-180, Interstate 80 approaches East Bureau Creek. This portion of freeway was reconstructed in 2010. Photo taken 06/20/15.
The last Bureau County interchange lies eight miles ahead at Illinois 8. Once again, Joliet and Chicago are listed at 77 and 109 miles respectively. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Interstate 80 continues across wide open farm land as the freeway bends southeastward toward Ladd. Photo taken 06/20/15.
One mile west of the diamond interchange (Exit 70) with Illinois 89 at the village of Ladd on I-80 east. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Illinois 89 comprises a 56-mile, ending 11 miles north of Ladd at U.S. 34 near La Moille. Photo taken 06/20/15.
South from Exit 70, Illinois 89 combines with U.S. 6 east en route to the city of Spring Valley. The state route concludes at Metamora (Illinois 116). Photo taken 06/20/15.
Reassurance marker posted between Ladd and the village of Dalzell on Interstate 80 east. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Plank Road (Exit 73) is the next interchange in three miles. Interstate 80 parallels the Illinois River from this point eastward 69 miles to Joliet. Photo taken 06/20/15.
This bridge across Spring Creek was replaced in 2010. I-80 also crosses over a BNSF Railroad nearby. Photo taken 12/27/09.
Nearing the La Salle County line, Interstate 80 enters the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. The I&M Canal leads northeast from La Salle to Chicago. Photo taken 12/27/09.
Exit 73 constitutes a diamond interchange with Plank Road in one mile. Photo taken 06/20/15.
La Salle County is the second largest county in Illinois at 1,148 square miles. There are seven interchanges along I-80 in the county, which was home to 113,924 per the 2010 census. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Plank Road angles southeast from Illinois 89 and the village of Cherry to enter northwest Peru ahead of Exit 73 and Illinois Valley Regional Airport (VYS). Photo taken 06/20/15.
Eastbound Interstate 80 at Exit 73 to Plank Road. Plank Road ends at Peoria Street and Shooting Park Road within the Peru street grid. Exit 75 for Illinois 251, the main commercial arterial in Peru, departs in 1.25 miles. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Interstate 80 parallels May Road east from Plank Road to Exit 75 with Illinois 251 by an industrial park on the north side of Peru. Photo taken 06/20/15.
IL 251 follows the pre-freeway routing of U.S. 51 north to Rockford and south to Kappa. U.S. 51 shifted from this alignment to Interstate 39 in stages throughout the 1980s to 1992. Locally IL 251 heads south to Peru Mall and a cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 6 (4th Street) east of Downtown Peru. Photo taken 06/20/15.
IL 251 and Interstate 80 east meet at a diamond interchange (Exit 75). The state route continues north 12 miles to Mendota.
Overheads here provide ample advance notice for the full cloverleaf interchange (Exit 79) with Interstate 39/U.S. 51. U.S. 51 doubles as I-39 throughout Illinois, except for the northern approach to Beloit, Wisconsin. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Illinois 351 begins at the forthcoming trumpet interchange (Exit 77) with St. Vincents Avenue and heads south to Downtown La Salle. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Interstate 80 shifts northward and enters the city limits of La Salle at the La Salle Road under crossing. Photo taken 06/20/15.
One half mile out from Exit 77 to Illinois 351. Illinois 351 goes 8.4 miles south along St. Vincents Avenue to Joliet Street through La Salle. The state route spans the Illinois River from south of Downtown to Pietyville and Jonesville. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Exit 77 parts ways with Interstate 80 east, 1.75 miles ahead of I-39/U.S. 51 north to Rockford and south to Bloomington-Normal. IL 351 ends at IL 71 and IL 251, just south of Oglesby. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Drivers span the Little Vermillion River immediately east of IL 351. The tributary of the Illinois river flows 34 miles southward into the Illinois at La Salle. Photo taken 12/27/09.
One mile ahead of Exits 79A/B for I-39/U.S. 51. I-39 north reaches south Rockford in 60 miles. There it combines with Interstate 90 (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway) to circumvent the city. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Interstate 80 traverses an area of timberland east of the Little Vermillion River. The freeway travels in and out of the La Salle city limits to Exit 81. Photo taken 06/20/15.
I-39 ends 59 miles to the south of I-80 at Interstate 55 in Normal. U.S. 51 combines with I-55 south to bypass Bloomington from there. Photo taken 06/20/15.
CR 13 (East 5th Road) passes over Interstate 80 east as Exit 79A departs for I-39/U.S. 51 south. I-39 skirts through eastern La Salle, meeting U.S. 6 in two miles. South from there, the freeway spans the Illinois across the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Bridge to Oglesby. Photo taken 06/20/15.
Exit 79B loops onto Interstate 39/U.S. 51 north as the freeway departs La Salle along a rural drive north 13 miles to Mendota. I-39 overlaps with I-90 west from Rockford to Portage, Wisconsin. Photo taken 06/20/15.


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05/09/09, 12/27/09, 05/06/10, 06/20/15 by AARoads

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Interstate 39
Interstate 180

Page Updated 05-21-2018.