U.S. 34

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U.S. 34 travels eastward from Burlington, Iowa to Monmouth and Galesburg, then northeast to Kewaunee, Princeton and Mendota. Continuing into the Chicago area, U.S. 34 passes through Aurora and Naperville. The highway concludes at Illinois 43 (Harlem Avenue) between Lyons, Riverside and Berwyn.

U.S. 34 East
A folded diamond interchange joins the east end of the Great River Bridge with Mellinger Avenue in the village of Gulfport. Photo taken 03/25/16.
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U.S. 34 makes an S-curve east across the BNSF Railroad / AMTRAK to Old Highway 34. Photos taken 03/25/16.
The Illinois welcome sign stands along the limited access section of U.S. 34 extending 1.9 miles east from the Iowa line to Old Highway 34. Photo taken 03/25/16.
Old Highway 34 spurs north to Stevenson Road for Stevenson Lake. The roadway is discontinuous with Old Highway 34 north of the BNSF Railroad. Photo taken 03/25/16.
A signalized intersection follows along U.S. 34 eastbound with Carman Road. Photo taken 03/25/16.
Carman Road stems south from U.S. 34 to the unincorporated community of Carman along the Mississippi River. Photo taken 03/25/16.
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Beyond Carman, Carman Road continues south 9.5 miles to Illinois 96 in the village of Lomax. Photos taken 03/25/16.
U.S. 34 West U.S. 67 Illinois 110 South
U.S. 67 combines with U.S. 34/IL 164 west and IL 110 (CKC) south to bypass Monmouth. Photo taken 05/29/18.
IL 164 parts ways with U.S. 34/67 and IL 110 (CKC) west at Broadway in Monmouth. Photo taken 05/29/18.
IL 164 travels 18 miles west to the village of Oquakwa along the Mississippi River. Photo taken 05/29/18.
IL 164 and U.S. 34 meet again in 21.1 miles south of Oquawka and west of Biggsville. Photo taken 05/29/18.
U.S. 34/67 and Illinois 110 combine three miles around Monmouth between N Main Street and 180th Avenue. Photo taken 05/29/18.
U.S. 34 splits with U.S. 67/IL 110 (CKC) 1.2 miles south of IL 164 / Broadway. Photo taken 05/29/18.
Elevating across the BNSF Railroad / AMTRAK, U.S. 34/67 and IL 110 proceed south by Citizens Lake to 11th Avenue and their separation. Photo taken 05/29/18.
180th Avenue extends east from the exchange with U.S. 34/67 to Monmouth at S Main Street. Photo taken 05/29/18.
U.S. 34 branches west from a parclo interchange with U.S. 67/IL 110 (CKC) 26 miles to the Great River Bridge into Burlington, Iowa. Photo taken 05/29/18.
Beyond Monmouth, 180th Avenue becomes County Route 5 east to the community of Cameron. Photo taken 05/29/18.
U.S. 34 West
U.S. 34 makes a gradual southwesterly curve from U.S. 67/IL 110 (CKC) toward Kirkwood. Biggsville lies 12 miles away. Photo taken 05/29/18.
North Street branches west from U.S. 34 into the village of Kirkwood while U.S. 34 bypasses the community to the east and south. Photo taken 05/29/18.
20th Street leads north to Harding Street in Kirkwood while County Route 11 lines the road southward to Smithshire. Photo taken 05/29/18.
Confirming marker posted westbound after CR 11 (20th Street). Photo taken 05/29/18.
U.S. 34 crosses into Henderson County 3.5 miles ahead of Biggsville. Photo taken 05/29/18.
U.S. 34 widens into a four lane, divided highway beyond 1900E in Biggsville township. Photo taken 05/29/18.
1800E links U.S. 34 with 1500 N (old U.S. 34) west into the village of Biggsville. Photo taken 05/29/18.
The Biggsville bypass along U.S. 34 opened to traffic south of Biggsville in 2014. The four lane highway includes a diamond interchange with IL 94 and IL 116. Photo taken 05/29/18.
IL 94 travels along a stair stepped route north from U.S. 34 to Rozetta, Aledo, Reynolds and U.S. 67 south of the Quad Cities. Photo taken 05/29/18.
IL 94/116 overlap five miles south; IL 116 turns east there to the village of Media while IL 94 remains south into the village of Stronghurst. Photo taken 05/29/18.
U.S. 34 narrows back into a two lane highway alongside Bogus Hollow Road (old U.S. 34). Photo taken 05/29/18.
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U.S. 34 converges with the west end of IL 164 just south of the village of Gladstone. Photos taken 05/29/18.
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The Henderson County seat of Oquawka lines the Mississippi River six miles to the north, where IL 164 turns east toward Monmouth. Photos taken 05/29/18.
U.S. 34 winds southwest by the Henderson County Fish and Wildlife Area on the eight mile drive to Gulfport from IL 164. Photo taken 05/29/18.
1150 East stems north from U.S. 34 along a Great River Road Spur to Gladstone Lake Recreation Area. Photo taken 05/29/18.
A Great River Road historical marker is located at the Highway 34 Roadside Park just ahead of 900 East (CR 15). Photo taken 05/29/18.
Great River Road trailblazer posted west at the intersection with 900 East (CR 15) north to Mississippi River Lock and Dam Number 18. Photo taken 05/29/18.
Carman Road ties into U.S. 34 from the south just ahead of the Gulfport city limits. Photo taken 05/29/18.
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Carman Road parallels the Mississippi River 9.5 miles south to the community of Carman and village of Lomax. Photos taken 05/29/18.
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The Great River Road and Western Branch of the Lincoln Heritage Trail continue south along Carman Road from U.S. 34 to IL 96 at Lomax. Photos taken 05/29/18.
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2.2 miles of U.S. 34 in Illinois remain between Carman Road and the Iowa state line at the Great River Bridge. Photo taken 05/29/18.
U.S. 34 navigates through an S-curve along the freeway leading west to Gulfport and Burlington, Iowa. Photo taken 03/25/16.
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2.2 miles of U.S. 34 in Illinois remain between Carman Road and the Iowa state line at the Great River Bridge. Photo taken 05/29/18.
A folded diamond interchange joins U.S. 34 with Mellinger Avenue. This is the only access point for the village of Gulfport. Photo taken 05/29/18.
Spanning the Mississippi River into Burlington, Iowa, the Great River Bridge is a cable stay bridge supported by a single tower. Photo taken 03/25/16.
A folded diamond interchange (Exit 263) connects the west end of the Great River Bridge with Main Street south into Downtown Burlington and north to CR X99. Photo taken 03/25/16.
The Great River Bridge extends 2,268 feet across the Mississippi River. Four lanes are supported across a 78.1 foot wide deck.1 Photo taken 05/29/18.
The Great River Bridge tower tops out 370 feet from the Mississippi Riverbed.2 Photo taken 03/25/16.
U.S. 34 crosses the state line just beyond the Great River Bridge main tower. There Iowa 163, a 165.5 mile route to U.S. 69 in Des Moines, commences. Photo taken 03/25/16.
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The Great River Bridge was constructed from 1989 to 1993 at a cost of $60 million.2 Photo taken 05/29/18. Second photo taken 03/25/16.
U.S. 34 scenes
Carman Road is signed with Illinois state route blanks at the intersection with U.S. 34 outside Gulfport. Carman Road is part of both the Illinois Great River Road and the Lincoln Heritage Trail. Photo taken 03/25/16.
Carman Road travels nine miles south from U.S. 34 to the village of Lomax by way of Carman. Photo taken 03/25/16.
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Carman Road north at U.S. 34 in Gladstone township. Photos taken 03/25/16.

Sources:
  1. Great River Bridge. Bridgehunter.com.
  2. "Great River Bridge a visual gem." The Hawk Eye (Burlington, IA), January 27, 2018.


Photo Credits:

    03/25/16 by AARoads and Bill Gatchel. 05/29/18 by AARoads.

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Interstate 74
Interstate 80
U.S. 67
U.S. 150

Page Updated 12-15-2019.

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