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Illinois Route 97

Illinois Route 97 marker

Illinois Route 97
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length: 104.43 mi[1] (168.06 km)
Existed: 1937[2] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 36 / I-55 / I-72 in Springfield
  IL 78 / US 136 in Havana
US 24 / IL 78 in Lewistown
North end: I-74 / US 150 in Knoxville
Counties: Sangamon, Menard, Mason, Fulton, Knox
Highway system
IL 96 IL 98

Illinois Route 97 (IL 97) is a north–south state highway in the central and western portions of the U.S. state of Illinois. It extends from exit 98 on Interstate 55 (I-55) in Springfield northwest to U.S. Highway 150 (US 150) near Galesburg. It crosses over the Illinois River on a bridge west of Havana. This is a distance of 104.43 miles (168.06 km).[1]

Route description

IL 97 starts off in Springfield on East Clear Lake Avenue. It heads east, forming a concurrency with IL 125. IL 97 splits off and north shortly after, entering Menard County.

In Menard County, along a concurrency with IL 123 in New Salem, it passes Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site near Petersburg, the home of Abraham Lincoln in the 1830s. It afterwards passes through Mason County. The road enters Fulton County immediately after crossing a bridge concurrent with US 136 and IL 78.

It then passes both the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge and Dickson Mounds State Memorial. Afterwards, it drops the concurrency with IL 78 and US 136 but picks up US 24. During and after it gains concurrency with IL 100, it heads north throughout hills. It enters Knox County after a brief concurrency with IL 9. It continues north through hills until its northern terminus at I-74 near Galesburg.[3]

Major junctions

County Location Mile[4] km Destinations Notes
Sangamon Springfield 0.0 0.0 I-55 / I-72 / US 36
0.5 0.8 IL 29
2.2 3.5 I-55 Bus.
5.8 9.3 IL 4
Menard   20.1 32.3 IL 123 / CR 4 South end of IL 123 overlap
Petersburg 25.1 40.4 IL 123 North end of IL 123 overlap
Mason Havana 49.3 79.3 US 136 South end of US 136 overlap
49.8 80.1 IL 78 South end of IL 78 overlap
Fulton   50.8 81.8 US 136 / IL 78 North end of US 136 overlap
  57.5 92.5 US 24 / IL 78 South end of US 24 overlap; north end of IL 78 overlap
Lewistown 61.0 98.2 US 24 / IL 100 / CR 14 South end of IL 100 overlap; north end of US 24 overlap
62.5 100.6 IL 100 North end of IL 100 overlap
  73.9 118.9 IL 9 / CR 16 South end of IL 9 overlap
  75.9 122.1 IL 9 North end of IL 9 overlap
Rapatee 86.1 138.6 IL 116
Knox Knoxville 101.9 164.0 US 150 South end of US 150 overlap
102.4 164.8 I-74 / US 150 North end of US 150 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  2. ^ Carlson, Rich. Illinois Highways Page: Routes 81 thru 100. Last updated March 15, 2005. Retrieved April 20, 2006.
  3. ^ Delorme Illinois Atlas & Gazetter
  4. ^ Google Inc. "Overview of IL 97". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,-89.5956875/40.911126,-90.248623/@40.3301017,-89.7264344,9z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m10!3m4!1m2!1d-89.5962935!2d39.8019642!3s0x88753a6f673e9ced:0xab6ba5905010ed1b!3m4!1m2!1d-89.7455231!2d39.8248532!3s0x8875489a7d0d29c7:0x6a7fc53f5ebe4eb2!1m0!3e0. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
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