U.S. Route 24

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U.S. Route 24
Length: 1540[1] mi (2478.3 km)
Formed: 1926[1]
West end: Interstate 70,
U.S. Route 6 near Minturn, CO
I-25 at Colorado Springs, CO

I-35 at Kansas City, MO
I-74 at Peoria, IL
I-69 at Fort Wayne, IN
I-94 near Taylor, MI

North end: Interstate 75 near Clarkston, MI
United States Numbered Highways
U.S. Routes - Bannered - Divided - Replaced

U.S. Route 24, a dual north-south/east-west route, is one of the original United States highways of 1926.[2] It originally ran from Pontiac, Michigan in the east to Kansas City, Missouri in the west; today, it runs from Clarkston, Michigan to Minturn, Colorado. The transition from north-south to east-west signage is in Toledo, Ohio.

As of 2004, the highway's northern terminus is west of Clarkston, Michigan at an intersection with I-75. Its western terminus is near Minturn, Colorado at an intersection with I-70.


[edit] States traversed

U.S. Route 24 passes through the following states:

[edit] Colorado

Main article: U.S. Route 24 in Colorado

In Colorado, U.S. 24 runs from Interstate 70 (and implicitly, U.S. Route 6) at Minturn south to the Continental Divide at Tennessee Pass. It continues south to Johnson Village and then joins with U.S. Route 285 northbound to the Trout Creek Pass. After the pass, U.S. 24 separates from U.S. 285 and continues east to Colorado Springs and then northeast to Limon, where U.S. 24 joins I-70 for most of the rest of its routing to the Kansas state line.

[edit] Kansas

Main article: U.S. Route 24 in Kansas

In Kansas, U.S. 24 enters from Colorado west of Kanorado; it is multiplexed with I-70 for 45 miles (72 km) to Colby. U.S. 24 does not meet I-70 again until the Kansas City, Kansas bridge over the Kansas River. U.S. 24 serves the northern sides of Manhattan, Topeka and Lawrence.

[edit] Missouri

In Missouri, U.S. 24 serves, Kansas City, Independence, Lexington, Waverly, Carrollton, Moberly, Monroe City and West Quincy.

[edit] Illinois

In Illinois, U.S. Route 24 runs west across the Quincy Bayview Bridge and east across the Quincy Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River in Quincy. As of 2006, it is the main arterial highway from Quincy northeast to Peoria. From Peoria, U.S. 24 runs directly east through a number of small towns en route to Indiana and Fort Wayne, Indiana, the next major metropolitan center. U.S. 24 crosses into Indiana at the state line east of Sheldon.

[edit] Indiana

Main article: U.S. Route 24 in Indiana

In Indiana, U.S. Route 24 runs east from the Illinois state line to Huntington. At Huntington, U.S. 24 turns northeast and runs to Fort Wayne it then multiplexes with Interstate 69 and Interstate 469 to bypass the city before entering Ohio at the state line northeast of Fort Wayne. The segment of U.S. 24 between Logansport and Toledo, Ohio is part of the Hoosier Heartland Industrial Corridor project of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act.

[edit] Ohio

In Ohio the roadway enters the state east of Woodburn, Indiana near Antwerp. Between the Indiana state line and Toledo, this portion of the roadway is known as the Fort to Port segment of the Hoosier Heartland Industrial Corridor. At Toledo, U.S. 24 turn north until it crosses the Michigan state line.

[edit] Michigan

In Michigan U.S. Route 24 enters from Toledo, Ohio and serves the city of Monroe and the Detroit Metro Area.

[edit] History

Between Dixie Highway in Pontiac, Michigan and Laskey Road in Toledo, Ohio, the highway is known as Telegraph Road (Main article), its name before the highway system existed. Mark Knopfler of the pop group Dire Straits wrote the song Telegraph Road about the development and decay of the road, which he spotted en route to a concert. It is a major surface route through western areas of Metro Detroit. The highway has 8 lanes and is often busy, particularly during rush hour.

[edit] Related US routes

U.S. Alternate 24 was an early designation of the Seaway Freeway between Detroit and Toledo; it has almost all been incorporated into Interstate 75 and has been decommissioned since at least 1960.

[edit] Notes

  • U.S. 24 (Telegraph Road) west of Detroit, Michigan served as a testing ground for the Michigan Left. Several other channelization techniques are also used; for instance the M-153 (Ford Road) intersection includes a southbound jughandle and a cutoff for northbound left-turning traffic. (aerial photo)
  • U.S. 24 west of Manhattan, Kansas follows the old route of U.S. 40N.
  • The cable-stayed Bayview Bridge brings westbound U.S. 24 over the Mississippi River. Eastbound traffic is served by the older Quincy Memorial Bridge.
  • In Missouri, with the passage of Proposition 36B, the portion of US 24 that is multiplexed with US 36, from the Rocket Junction 7 miles west of Hannibal, Missouri to Monroe City, Missouri, will be upgraded to a 4-lane expressway highway by December 31, 2010.
  • Major upgrades have taken place throughout much of Indiana where U.S. 24 comprises most of a High Priority Corridor and has been recently upgraded from a two-lane highway to a four-lane at-grade expressway from Logansport to Fort Wayne. Further upgrades are planned for this corridor: U.S. 24 from Fort Wayne to Toledo, Ohio and Indiana 25 from Logansport, Indiana to Lafayette, Indiana will be upgraded to similar standards. The grass roots effort to improve the section from New Haven, Indiana (Fort Wayne) to Toledo started from a meeting organized by Indiana State Representative Mitch Harper in 1989 at Woodburn, Indiana. It was at the meeting that the project name 'Fort to Port' was born. There are no plans to upgrade it to Interstate standards, however.
  • As Michigan enacted alcohol prohibition earlier than Ohio, for a time this road was notorious for its use by bootlegers, bringing booze from Cincinnati and Cleveland into Detroit.[citation needed]
  • In Colorado, U.S. 24 passes over (from east to west): Ute Pass, Wilkerson Pass, and Trout Creek Pass.
  • In late 2006, Google Maps began displaying the portion of U.S. 24 between Colorado Springs and Limon, Colorado with the orange color used to designate limited-access freeways. Perhaps this indicates planned upgrades to this stretch of the highway?

[edit] External links

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b Droz, Robert V. U.S. Highways : From US 1 to (US 830). URL accessed 29 April 2006.
  2. ^ End of U.S. highway 24. mapguy. URL accessed 29 April 2006.

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