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Illinois Route 146

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Illinois Route 146 marker

Illinois Route 146
IL 146 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length92.93 mi[2] (149.56 km)
Major junctions
West end Route 34 / Route 74 in East Cape Girardeau
  US 51 in Anna
I-57 in Anna
US 45 in Vienna
I-24 in Vienna
East end IL 1 in Cave-in-Rock
CountiesAlexander, Union, Johnson, Pope, Hardin
Highway system
IL 145IL 147

Illinois Route 146 (IL 146) is an east–west state highway in the U.S. state of Illinois. It serves the extreme southern region of the state, commonly called Little Egypt or the Illinois Ozarks. IL-146 is 92.93 miles (149.56 km) long.[2] An east–west highway, it serves Hardin County, Pope County, Johnson County, Union County, and Alexander County. These are some of the least-populated counties in Illinois. IL-146 serves two sections of the Shawnee National Forest.

Route description

IL-146 generally follows a land route of the Trail of Tears, a trail taken by bands of approximately 9,000 Cherokee who were forced to march through southern Illinois from November 1838 until January 1839 as part of a U.S. government mandated relocation. In 2006, the state of Illinois designated IL-146 as a historic highway and route of the Trail of Tears.[3]

IL-146 intersects with two U.S. Interstate Highways: Interstate 24 at exit 16 near Vienna, and Interstate 57 at exit 30 near Anna.

IL-146 passes through an area of Illinois noted for scenic beauty and significant tourist visitation. State-operated parks and recreation areas on or adjacent to IL-146 include, from west to east:

The city of Jonesboro was the site of an open-air debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in 1858. The site of the debate is preserved as a picnic area and park in Jonesboro.


SBI Route 146 originally ran from East Cape Girardeau east to Golconda. In 1937 it was extended east to Elizabethtown, replacing a leg of Illinois Route 34. In 1942 the road was extended east to Cave-In-Rock. There have been no changes since 1942.[1]

Major intersections

Alexander0.00.0 Route 34 west / Route 74 west – Cape GirardeauMissouri state line (Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge over Mississippi River)
IL 3 south / Great River Road (National Route) south / Lincoln Heritage Trail (Southern Branch) – Cairo
west end of IL 3 / Great River Road / Lincoln Heritage Trail overlap
IL 3 north / Great River Road (National Route) north / Lincoln Heritage Trail (Southern Branch) – Wolf Lake, Chester, LaRue Pine Hills
east end of IL 3 / Great River Road overlap
20.833.5 IL 127 north – Murphysboro, Bald Knobwest end of IL 127 overlap
Jonesboro23.037.0 Lincoln Heritage Trail (Southern Branch) (West Market Street) – Court Houseeast end of Lincoln Heritage Trail overlap
23.337.5 IL 127 south – Cairo, Lincoln Memorial Parkeast end of IL 127 overlap; traffic circle around city park
Anna25.841.5 US 51 – Carbondale, Cairo
30.649.2 I-57 – Mount Vernon, CairoI-57 exit 30
JohnsonWest Vienna40.364.9 IL 37 – Marion, Cairo, Cache River Wetlands Center
Vienna44.872.1 US 45 – Harrisburg, Metropolis
46.074.0 I-24 – Interstate 57, PaducahI-24 exit 16
46.374.5 IL 147 east – Simpson
Pope57.492.4 IL 145 – Harrisburg, Paducah, KYinterchange
HardinHumm Wye77.7125.0 IL 34 north – Harrisburgwest end of IL 34 overlap
81.2130.7 IL 34 south – Rosiclareeast end of IL 34 overlap
Loves Corner92.93149.56 IL 1 – Carmi, Cave in Rock
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Carlson, Rich. Illinois Highways Page: Routes 141 thru 160. Last updated April 15, 2005. Retrieved June 26, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08.
  3. ^ "House Joint Resolution 142", Illinois 94th General Assembly, adopted November 29, 2006. [1]
  4. ^ Google (March 5, 2017). "Overview Map of IL 146" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
This page was last edited on 27 July 2020, at 00:57
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