Interstate 80 crosses Illinois as part of a transcontinental route between San Francisco, California and the New York City area. The freeway traverses 163.52 miles across the Land of Lincoln, including a short stretch along the tolled Tri-State Tollway. Outside of Chicagoland, I-80 mostly travels across open farm land, with smaller cities and villages along the way.
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The Kingery Expressway, which consists of Interstate 80 east from the Tri-State Tollway to the Frank Borman Expressway in Indiana, was the first portion of the route opened to traffic in 1950. The Tri-State Tollway tied into the Kingery from the west when it opened in 1958. The remainder of Interstate 80 in Illinois was constructed in the 1960s.
|A scenic view of the Mississippi River is afforded to Interstate 80 eastbound travelers at the Illinois Welcome Center just west of Rapids City. Photo taken 09/04/05.|
09/04/05 by AARoads
Page Updated 01-02-2020.