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Illinois Route 242

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Illinois Route 242 marker

Illinois Route 242
IL 242 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length18.67 mi[3] (30.05 km)
Existed1924 as Route 142A;[1] 1977 as Route 242[2]–present
Major junctions
South end IL 142 in McLeansboro
  I-64 in Mayberry
North end IL 15 in Wayne City
Location
CountiesHamilton, Wayne
Highway system
IL 203IL 250

Illinois Route 242 is a 18.67-mile (30.05 km) north–south state highway in southern Illinois that runs from Illinois Route 142 in McLeansboro north to Illinois Route 15 in Wayne City.[3] The route serves as a spur of Illinois Route 142, which runs north–south from Mount Vernon to Equality. Route 242 also connects two east–west trunk routes, Illinois Route 14 and Illinois 15. Route 242 passes through the counties of Hamilton and Wayne. The highway is maintained by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Route description

Southern terminus of Route 242 in McLeansboro
Southern terminus of Route 242 in McLeansboro

Route 242 begins at an intersection with Route 142 in McLeansboro, Hamilton County; this intersection is near Route 14, which runs through McLeansboro to the south. The route heads north from McLeansboro into McLeansboro Township, passing through farmland with scattered houses. It runs through South Crouch Township before entering Crouch Township. Route 242 passes to the east of Belle Prairie City before crossing into Wayne County.[4] The highway enters Orel Township in Wayne County and intersects Interstate 64 in the unincorporated community of Mayberry. Route 242 heads northwest from Mayberry before turning north toward Wayne City. The highway terminates in Wayne City at a junction with Route 15.[5][6]

History

A route between McLeansboro and Wayne City was marked on Illinois road maps in 1922.[7] The road which is now Route 242 was designated in 1924 as Illinois Route 142A between McLeansboro and Wayne City, along a more westerly path through Belle Prairie City.[1] Route 142A was first numbered on the 1929 Illinois state highway map.[8] The route was moved to its current route in 1931.[9] By 1942, the road was renumbered as Illinois Route 147, and it became part of Route 142 in 1946.[10][11] The road became Route 242 by 1977.[2]

Major intersections

CountyLocationmi[6]kmDestinationsNotes
HamiltonMcLeansboro0.00.0 IL 142Southern terminus of IL 242
WayneMayberry12.219.6 I-64 – Mt. Vernon, EvansvilleExit 100 on I-64
Wayne City18.730.1 IL 15Northern terminus of IL 242
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  1. ^ a b Illinois Blue Book, 1923–1924. State of Illinois. 1923. p. 266. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "1977 Official Illinois Highway Map". Illinois Digital Archives. Illinois State Library. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  4. ^ Hamilton County General Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Illinois Department of Transportation. 2001. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
  5. ^ Wayne County General Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Illinois Department of Transportation. 1988. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Google (January 7, 2011). "Overview map of State Highway 242 Distances Between Interchanges" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "1922 Map Showing Marked Through Routes in Illinois". Illinois Digital Archives. Illinois State Library. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
  8. ^ "1929 Official Illinois Highway Map". Illinois Digital Archives. Illinois State Library. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
  9. ^ "1931 Official Illinois Highway Map". Illinois Digital Archives. Illinois State Library. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
  10. ^ "1942 Official Illinois Highway Map". Illinois Digital Archives. Illinois State Library. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
  11. ^ "1946 Official Illinois Highway Map". Illinois Digital Archives. Illinois State Library. Retrieved January 7, 2011.

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