This is the first BGS in Illinois going north on I-55 and east on I-64/70. On the Poplar St. Bridge.
Verification that the previous sign is indeed the first in Illinois.
This sign is a relic of the past! To I-64 was from when I-64 didn't quite make it to the Mississippi River. Now it goes to the Missouri River west of St. Louis, and there is a "To I-64" sign on I-64 itself!!
Continuing on the tri-plex of interstates through East St. Louis.
IL 3 and the Great River Road Northbound follow I-55/64/70 for a bit.
I guess I wanted to get artsy and take the welcome sign crooked.
Interesting sign here: I-64 splits off to Louisville, but there are two panels for I-64, along with two shields and control cities. That's because the only way to get to IL 3 is via the right lane, which also goes to I-64 mainline.
The exit for IL 203 is coming up.
The many shields on the interstate.
IL 111 and the River Road ahead.
Coming up on the St. Louis beltway. The neatest place I-255 NB goes is to I-270!!
The exit for I-255. I-55/70 reduces to 4 lanes after this interchange.
Couple of things to see on IL 157. How enthralling.
IL 159 exits. Stinkin' cloverleaves!
US 40 heads off the road here, a few miles before I-70 does.
I-55 and I-70 keep on goin'!
One mile until I-70 departs.
I-70 leaves I-55 behind as it goes to Indianapolis. We're still headed to Chicago.
I-270 begins here, making its way around St. Louis and back to I-255.
Take this exit for ridiculously overpriced gas and a good stretch of Historic US 66, including the historic Arista Cafe, which is quite delicious if I do say so myself.
North I-55 coming up on I-72 in Springfield.
Loopity loops on a BGS on I-55 NB in Springfield.
The Springfield interstates share pavement for a few miles.
Northbound I-55/72 skirting the capital city.
Around the town of Lincoln, I-55 crosses IL 10 and IL 121. Also, I-155 starts here.
I-155 NB heads to Peoria.
Now we're coming up on Bloomington-Normal. I-55 and I-74 through town are in a constant state of reconstruction. Has it ever been normal? Will the construction ever end? Who knows?
Proof that we're on the roads I said we're on.
The gorgeous Illinois button copy shines brightly and boldly here north of Bloomington. The rest of the trip is history as far as I'm concerned, so that's it.