Business US Routes

 

There are and were several Business US Routes in Illinois. Business, City, Bypass, and Alternate routes were used for old alignments of routes after the parent route was relocated to new or different roads.

"Business" routes were usually an original alignment thru towns that allow access to center cities ("Downtown") when a new route was used for the parent route.

"City" routes were used for similar purposes, and in fact, many "City" routes were changed to "Business" routes.

"Alternate" routes tended to be longer, or between towns. For example, Alternate US-30 was the original US-30 from Chicago to Sterling.

"Bypass" routes were usually used to run a route around a city, while the original route remained.

There were also 2 "Toll" US routes, 30 and 41.

On the 1939 and 1940 IL maps there was a "Belt Line" US-40 shown from US-40 north of Collinsville to west of Collinsville on what is now Belt Line Road. In 1941 US-40 was rerouted on the former Belt Line and the old route became City US-40.

 

CURRENT BUSINESS US ROUTES:

Route

City

County

When Posted

Belvidere/Rockford

Boone, Winnebago

1965

Freeport

Stephenson

1987

Washington

Tazewell, Woodford

1997

Lawrenceville

Lawrence

197x

Bloomington/Normal

McLean

1969

Clinton

DeWitt

1989

Decatur

Macon

1972

Roseville

Warren
2003

 

Removed Business and other Banner US Routes:

Route

City

County

Years Extant

Chicago

Cook

1960 to 1968

Chicago

Cook

1938 to 1960

Woodstock

McHenry

1940 to 1965

Elgin

Kane

1942 to 1984 (although some stray signs existed until 1991)

Chicago

Cook

1960 to 1968

Chicago

Cook

1938 to 1960

Aurora

Kane

1960 to 1970

Aurora

Kane

1959 to 1960

Aurora to Dyer

Kane, DuPage, Cook

1960 to 1965

Sterling to Dyer

Several

1942 to 1971

Fulton

Whiteside

1935 to 1971

E. St. Louis to Collinsville

Madison, St. Clair

1963 to 1964

Greenville to Vandalia

Bond, Fayette

1960 to 1966

Collinsville

St. Clair

1939 to 1940

E. St. Louis to Collinsville

Madison, St. Clair

1964 to 1974

Troy to Granite City

Madison

19xx to 197x

E. St. Louis to Collinsville

Madison, St. Clair

1941 to 1964

WI Line to IN Line

Lake, Cook

1960 to 1963

Norris City

White

1942 to 1997

Lawrenceville to Noble

Lawrence, Richland

1947 to 1965

Belleville to Columbia MO

St. Clair

LaSalle

LaSalle

1963 to 1966

Kankakee

Kankakee

1963 to 1966

Joliet

Will

1940 to 1966

E. St. Louis Area

Madison, St. Clair

19xx to 19xx

Bloomington/Normal

McLean

Lincoln

Logan

Springfield

Sangamon

Hamel to MO

Madison

1957 to 1964

Mitchell to E. St. Louis

St. Clair

1938 to 1964

Alton to S. Jacksonville

Morgan, Jersey, Madison

194x to 1965

Jacksonville

 

Morgan

1998-2003, Replaced by BL-I-72

Champaign

Champaign

196x to 196x

Route overview and markers

Updated 11-18-2007