Mc Kinley Bridge


December, 2013Posted by Bill


The Mc Kinley Bridge is the river crossing between St. Louis, Missouri, and Venice, Illinois. U.S. 66 used this from 1926-1937. This followed the same path as the Chain of Rocks Bridge up to the Interstate 270 crossin at Mitchell. Instead of joining I-270, U.S. 66 continues south along Illinois 203. When Illinois 203 reaches Madison Avenue, U.S. 66 leaves Illinois 203 and follows Madison Avenue. As Madison Avenue gets to Venice it becomes Broadway. As you head west you go under a railroad underpass, then turn left. This left turn will lead you to the Mc Kinley Bridge.

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Northern Madison County
In Northern Madison County the segments of U.S. 66 listes in the Springfield to Staunton section rejoin. This includes the one that follows Illinois 4 from Springfield, via Carlinville. The path that follows Interstate 55, via Litchfield. Plus, the path that goes through Livingston. All three paths join with Illinois 4, north of the mile 33 interchange on Interstate 55. U.S. 66 turns from Illinois 4 and joins the west Frontage Road at the interchange with Interstate 55 and Illinois 4.

SB U.S. 66/IL 4 north of I-55.

A marker showing the turn of U.S. 66 from IL 4.

Shortly after making a right turn from IL 4, U.S. 66 makes a left for the Frontage Road from Worden Road.

North Hamel, you'll see the neon cross on St. Paul's Lutheran Church. In Hamel, U.S. Rt. 66 follows Illinois State Route 157.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

The welcome sign on NB U.S. Rt. 66.

Illinois State Route 157 will take you through Edwardsville. This passes through the heart of the city. Edwardsville is the county seat for Madison County. Near the intersections with Illinois 143 and Illinois 159 is the Madison County Courthouse and Edwardsville Public Library. On the west side of Edwardsville is the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville campus. When U.S. 66/Illinois 157 reaches Bluff Road, Illinois 157 turns south, while U.S. 66 continues straight along Chain of Rocks Road.

A fountain in a park near the Edwardsville Public Library.

SB IL 157/WB U.S. 66 west of Downtown Edwardsville.

A sign at the entrance to SIUE.

Mitchell is a small town along Chain of Rocks Road. This is the just west of Illinois 111. Here U.S. 66 enters Interstate 270 to cross the Norfolk Southern railroad.

An old sign along U.S. 66 for the old Bel Air Drive In.

The sign for the Luna.

The Luna.

A close up on the 66 sign at the Luna

Granite City
At, Interstate 270, U.S. 66 heads south along Nameoki Road/Illinois 203. Then heads southwest along Madison Avenue.

In Venice, U.S. 66 travels along Broadway until it reached Illinois 3. At Illinois 3, U.S. 66 goes straight under the railroad underpass and makes a left turn to go to the Mc Kinley Bridge.

NB U.S. 66 at the Illinois/Missouri State Line on the Mc Kinley Bridge.

NB U.S. 66 on the Illinois side of the bridge.

NB U.S. 66 at the Illinois Welcome Sign.