Macarthur Bridge


December, 2013Posted by Bill


The Macarthur Bridge is the river crossing between St. Louis, Missouri, and Venice, Illinois. U.S. 66 used this from 1929-1937. This followed the same path as the Chain of Rocks Bridge up to the Interstate 270 crossing 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. When U.S. 66 reaches Illinois 3 at 4th Street it heads south along Illinois 3 through Brooklyn. Once in East St. Louis, U.S. 66 turns on to 9th Street and heads south to Missouri Avenue/Illinois 15. U.S. 66 moves over one block to 10th Street at Missouri Avenue. Then heads south on 10th Street and runs to a dead end. This is where U.S. 66 would have joined the Macarthur Bridge. Today the bridge is for rail traffic only. It is mostly used by Union Pacific Rail traffic.

View Macarthur Bridge 1929-1937 in a larger map

Northern Madison County
In Northern Madison County the segments of U.S. 66 listed 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 heads south along 4th Street/Illinois 3.

NB U.S. 66 at the Madison/St. Clair County Line. This is also the Venice City Limits.

U.S. 66 runs north-south through Brooklyn along Illinois 3. An interesting point about Brooklyn, the towns post office runs under the name of Lovejoy. There is not post office named Brooklyn in the state of Illinois. This stems from a debate over the naming of the town.

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

East St. Louis
Once in East St. Louis, U.S. 66 turns south on 9th Street. This joins the path of the 1957-1968 route briefly. At Missouri Avenue/Illinois 15, U.S. 66 jumps over one block to 10th Street. U.S. 66 takes 10th Street south to where it once joined the Macarthur Bridge.

Looking south the former traffic ramp to the Macarthur Bridge.

A close up of a through truss bridge on the lead road to the Macarthur Bridge.