Interstate 57 – Missouri to Marion – Illinois

Drive America’s Highways for 72 miles north along Interstate 57 from the Missouri to Marion, Illinois.

We start the video crossing the Mississippi River bridge on I-57 into Illinois. After an initial interchange with Illinois State Route 3, we pass Cairo and Mound City before turning generally northward towards Dongola and the junction with U.S. Highway 51.

Continuing northbound on I-57, we cross the IL-146 interchange before briefly entering the Giant City State Park near Lick Creek. Leaving the State Park, we cross the northern terminus of Interstate 24 (to Paducah and Nashville) before ending the video at the IL-13 interchange


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  1. countenanceblog the expat

    Lived in Carterville (between Marion and Carbondale) in 2009. Even then, I think I used 57 south of 24 just once. Which goes to show you how lightly it's used, and its use is mostly for the Chicago to Memphis route. If and when 57 is extended to Little Rock along US 60 and US 67, I imagine that 57 and 30 will be marketed as an alternate Chicago to Dallas corridor to avoid 55-44-35.The interesting intertwining of the SPUI and DDI in Marion, for IL 13 and then Morgan Avenue (as it was called then, now it's The Hill Ave) wasn't done until after I moved away.

    • Interstate 411

      Correct. That's already the plan, 30 and 57 will be the new DFW – Chicagoland route. (Also, they've put the Future I57 signs up now, so not if it gets extended, but when MODOT will get off their duffs and finish 67 (Of course, AR won't start their part (Walnut Ridge – MO) until they see MODOT doing something, so there's that)

    • Interstate 411

      Also, that said, the one GOOD thing about I-57 is that it is so little traveled it makes a nice quick route when I travel to Ohio…of course, with 69 almost done from Dyersburg, TN to Indiana, it's even faster (and less trafficed) than 57 🙂

    • countenanceblog the expat

      Also, a four lane 67 from Festus to Poplar Bluff (divided highway, not freeway, three stoplights in that stretch), will be marketed as 67-57-30 as the alternate St. Louis to Dallas corridor avoiding 44 and 35.

    • Interstate 411

      I have never driven that — I was planning on it this weekend but then snow. How is that drive? About how long and is it congested or is it pretty open?

    • countenanceblog the expat

      Two hours, the last sections to be four laned were finally done in 2012. Like I said, only three stoplights the whole way, and two of those are in the last two miles before I-55. About the only time you'll encounter any kind of volume is drive time, morning NB afternoon SB from Farmington to 55, as residents of Farmington, Park Hills and Bonne Terre commute to jobs in Jefferson County and south St. Louis County. I was just on that stretch last weekend on my way to my birthday fishing and bbq trip.

    • Interstate 411

      Awesome. I'm trying my darndest to get up to STL to get Rt66 out to Springfield. Then Chicago to STL and Needles to LA to complete the entire route.


      I live in Marion. Nice area.

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