Interstate 39

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Interstate 39 marker

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Interstate 39 (I-39) is a highway in the midwestern United States. I-39 runs from Normal, Illinois at Interstate 55 to Highway 29 in Rothschild, Wisconsin, approximately six miles south of Wausau.[1]

I-39 was primarily designed as a long-distance bypass for commercial vehicles going around Chicago, Illinois; it was built in the 1980s and 1990s. By using this highway, factories and mines in and around Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, Madison, Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and other northern-tier cities can exchange goods and ores with more southerly cities such as St. Louis, Missouri, Memphis, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Ohio, Louisville, Kentucky, and Indianapolis, Indiana (via Interstate 74) without trucks having to go through the congestion-plagued Chicagoland.

As of 2009, I-39 has no spur routes, and none are currently planned.


Route description


In the state of Illinois, I-39 runs from Interstate 55 north of the Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, area alongside of Route 251. I-39 joins Interstate 90 near Rockford in the town of Cherry Valley, and continues north to the Wisconsin state line as part of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. The only toll booth on this highway is located at South Beloit, Illinois, where $1.00 is collected from automobiles ($0.50 for those with an I-Pass transponder). US 51 overlaps I-39 to within 1/4 mile of the Wisconsin state line.

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