I-55 Business

Interstate Business Route 55

Interstate 55 has six active business loops in Missouri and Illinois. Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas do not post Interstate business routes.

Business Loop I-55 north of Lincoln Parkway in Lincoln, IL

This Business Loop I-55 shield stands along eastbound Fifth Street after Lincoln Parkway in Lincoln, Illinois. 05/06/10


New Madrid

Active Business Route

The 5.75 mile route of Business Loop I-55 through Madrid overlays U.S. 61/62 east from Interstate 55. The route combines with U.S. 61/62 east from Exit 44 and Howardville to run along the west side of the New Madrid residential area. Mott and Mill Streets stem east from the business loop to the city center as the three routes turn northward to rejoin I-55 at Exit 49.

Cape Girardeau and Jackson

Active Business Route

Business Loop I-55 through Cape Girardeau and Jackson could be considered two separate routes. The 15.70 mile alignment arcs east through Cape Girardeau from Exit 93 alongside U.S. 61 (Kingshighway) to a busy retail area centered around the intersection with William Street (Route K). Missouri Route 34 combines with Kingshighway north from Route 74, as the three routes turn westward onto a divided highway and cross both Interstate 55 and the Jackson city line.

Following Jackson Boulevard west from Exit 99, Business Loop I-55, U.S. 61/Route 34 constitute a five lane boulevard northwest to Route 25 (Hope Street). There U.S. 61 and Business Route 55 turn north through Downtown, navigating along Hope, Washington and High Streets to northern reaches of the city. Business Loop I-55 reduces to two lanes on the return to I-55 at Exit 105.

The Jackson portion of this business route was approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on April 9, 1994.

Festus, Crystal City and Herculaneum

Active Business Route

Business Loop I-55 joins U.S. 67 and U.S. 61 (Truman Boulevard) north as they loop east from Exit 174 through the cities of Festus and Crystal City. Commercial Boulevard extends the three routes north to the city of Herculaneum, where Business Loop I-55 separates for McNutt Street (Herculaneum Spur) west to Exit 178.

The 5.1 mile loop is poorly signed, with shields posted at Veterans Boulevard, but the route otherwise signed solely as U.S. 61/67. Furthermore the route is not inventoried on the MoDOT HP Map application.



Active Business Route

The nearly 14 mile route of Business Loop I-55 through Springfield replaced U.S. 66 and U.S. 66 Business northward from Exit 97 to Exit 105. Following 6th Street, Business Loop I-55 splits from I-55 north via a left exit as part of the exchange with Interstate 72 west to Jacksonville. 6th Street proceeds north from there through the village of Southern View and south Springfield as a commercial arterial.

A couplet then separates traffic with northbound using 6th and Myrtle Streets and southbound using Spruce and 5th Streets. 9th Street leads Business Loop I-55 north with two-way traffic to Downtown, seven blocks east of the Illinois State Capitol. Progressing northward, the route transitions from N 9th Street to Peoria Road ahead of the Illinois State Fair Grounds and Veterans Parkway (IL 29).

Business Loop I-55 overtakes Veterans Parkway from IL 29 to join with the Historic U.S. 66 Bypass route ahead of the Sangamon River and village of Sherman. Sherman Boulevard crosses the community northeast to Interstate 55, which directly upgraded old U.S. 66 northward to Williamsville.


Active Business Route

This business route serves Lincoln via portions of Historic U.S. 66 between Exits 123 and 133. The 8.6 mile route stems east from I-55 along Lincoln Parkway to combine with Historic U.S. 66 north through Railsplitter State Park. The business loop turns east along 5th Street while Lincoln Parkway encircles the city as a former Bypass of U.S. 66.

5th Street runs through residential areas east to Clinton and Logan Streets outside Downtown. Logan Street angles the route northeast to a five block overlap with IL10/121 at Keokuk Street. The three separate southeast at Kickapoo Street, with Business Loop I-55 resuming a northward route to Lincoln Parkway and Interstate 55.

Bloomington and Normal

Active Business Route

Business Loop I-55 follows Veterans Parkway from the south split of I-55 and I-74 at Exit 157 to Exit 167 at Pipeline Road. Veterans Parkway represents a 1950s bypass of Bloomington and Normal for U.S. 66. While bypassing Downtown to the south and east, the 9.9 mile route provides access to all motorist services (gas, food, and lodging). Nearby Business U.S. 51 follows Center Street and Main Street through Downtown Bloomington and Normal.

Page updated August 30, 2016.

I-55/72 south at Business Loop I-55 in Springfield, Illinois

Diagrammatic sign posted ahead of the south split of I-55 and I-72 in Springfield. Return access to Business Loop I-55 (6th Street) departs as I-72/U.S. 36 branch west to Jacksonville. Photo by Stephen Summers (10/00).

Business Loop I-55 north of Historic U.S. 66 at Forgarty, IL
This shield for appears after Lincoln Parkway intersects Historic U.S. 66 north from Fogarty, Illinois. 05/06/10

Business Loop I-55 in Lincoln travels mostly along Lincoln Parkway between Exits 123 and 133, but it deviates from the parkway along one of three former alignments of U.S. 66 through Lincoln.

Business Loop I-55/Historic U.S. 66 north at Lincoln, IL

Historic U.S. 66 is signed along with Business Loop I-55 as it travels through Lincoln. 05/06/10

I-55 north at Business Loop I-55 from Bloomington-Normal, IL
Interstate 55 northbound at the return of Business Loop I-55 (Veterans Parkway) from Bloomington-Normal. 05/24/08

Veterans Parkway forms an at-grade bypass along the eastern side of Bloomington between I-55/74 merge and Interstate 55, four miles east from the south end of Interstate 39.