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Stevenson Expressway

Stevenson Expressway
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Existed: 1964 – present
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Illinois state highway system
Illinois Tollway system

The Adlai E. Stevenson Expressway is the name given to Interstate 55 within Cook County, Illinois. I-55 is a major Interstate highway leading southwest out of the city of Chicago in Illinois. At the Cook County-DuPage County boundary, the name "Stevenson Expressway" is no longer used, but I-55 continues on in a southwesterly direction across Illinois until it crosses the Mississippi River at St. Louis, Missouri.

The eastern terminus of the Stevenson Expressway (and of I-55 as a whole) is located at U.S. Highway 41, recognized by Chicagoans as Lake Shore Drive. It is the Illinois Department of Transportation that officially defines the western "terminus" of the Stevenson at the DuPage County line, at Burr Ridge although local radio traffic reports and highway maps refer it as such as far west as I-355 North-South Veterans Tollway in Bolingbrook. The Stevenson "officially" has a total length of 17.95 miles (28.89 km).[1]

History

The expressway opened on October 24, 1964 as the Southwest Expressway. It was renamed after Adlai Stevenson,[2] the former governor of Illinois, on September 1, 1965 a month and a half after his death. The Stevenson's original termini were U.S. Highway 66 in DuPage County to the west, and the Dan Ryan Expressway to the east.

In 1999–2000, the expressway was completely rebuilt from Central Avenue north to Lake Shore Drive, including the ramps to the Dan Ryan. IDOT was criticized at the time for not adding a fourth lane in each direction to the highway.[3]


Exit list

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Rest areas

Because the Stevenson Expressway section serves an urban area, the northernmost rest area on I-55 is in Livingston County, Illinois, approximately the midpoint between Chicago and Springfield.

References

External links

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  • Chicago Public Library: Timeline
  • Historic, Current & Average Travel Times For The Stevenson Expressway
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