This section of the website is devoted to questions and answers about the
Eisenhower Interstate Highway System in general, and in Illinois, in particular.
It is meant to combine the serious and the trivial in order to test the reader’s
Interstate IQ, or “Interstate Intelligence Quotient.”
||What bridge, carrying what Interstate Highway over what body of
water is shown in this
||Which Illinois Interstate Highway is the longest (in centerline
A) Interstate 55
B) Interstate 57
C) Interstate 74
D) Interstate 80
||Interstate Highway I-94 in Chicago [from the Eisenhower
Expressway (I-290) to a point near its junction with I-57] was named the
Dan Ryan Expressway in 1962 in honor of the late Daniel B. Ryan. Daniel
B. Ryan was a / an:
A) Famous Chicago White Sox Pitcher
B) Former Illinois Governor
C) Successful Insurance Broker
D) Award Winning Highway Engineer
||Speaking of names the Chicago area is somewhat unique in its
reliance on names rather than Interstate Highway numbers to identify
expressways. On the blank lines (below) next to the expressway’s name,
provide the first name of the honoree and the Interstate highway number
of each expressway:
Honoree’s First Name
Interstate Highway Number(s)
|Dan Ryan Expressway
|Reagan Memorial Highway
|Bishop Ford Expressway
||Often in the construction of bridges (such as the Murray Baker
Bridge carrying Interstate 74 over the Illinois River near Peoria), in
order to construct bridge supports a process involving “cofferdam
excavation” is employed. What is “cofferdam excavation?”
||Speaking of the Murray Baker Bridge (Interstate 74 over the
Illinois River in Peoria), who was Murray M. Baker?
A) A Peoria business leader
B) A Peoria philanthropist
C) The man who owned Peoria’s first car dealership
D) A Caterpillar Tractor Company executive
||Of all the U. S. Interstate Highways, which one is the longest?
A) Interstate 70
B) Interstate 80
C) Interstate 40
D) Interstate 90
||Under which Illinois Governor’s administration was it decided to
build a network of Tollways to serve Northern and Northeastern Illinois.
A) Daniel Walker (1973-77)
B) Adlai Stevenson (1949-53)
C) Otto Kerner (1961-68)
D) William G. Stratton (1953-61)
||Is it true or false that one out of every five miles of the
interstate highway system was required to be built straight and flat for
the purpose of allowing military planes to land and take off from the
roadways in time of war?
||Before it assumed its current name (Illinois Department of
Transportation), what was Illinois’ state highway agency called?
A) Illinois Department of Highways
B) Illinois Department of Roads and Bridges
C) Illinois Department of Public Works and Buildings, Division of
D) Illinois Division of Highway Transportation
||How long did it take the 1919 Transcontinental Army Motor Convoy
to travel (mostly along the Lincoln Highway) 3,250 miles from
Washington, D. C. to San Francisco, California?
A) 250 hours
B) 19 Days
C) 45 days
D) 62 days
||What segment of the Chicago expressway system was designated to
be I-494, but which was never built?
A) The Richard J. Daley Expressway
B) The Crosstown Expressway
C) The Wrigley Freeway
D) The Bill Veeck Wreckway
||As of December 2004, the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System has
how many bridges along its 46,000 plus miles?
||In the early days of planning for a national superhighway system,
President Franklin Roosevelt proposed what system for financing the cost
of building the “superhighways ?”
||Which Illinois Interstate Highway is the shortest in length (in
A) Interstate 280
B) Interstate 190
C) Interstate 180
D) Interstate 270
||Although Illinois’ 2,163 miles of interstate highways account for
only 1.55% of the total state roadway network of over 139,930 miles,
what proportion of the total traffic volume on Illinois roads was
carried by the state’s 23 interstate highways in 2004?
||The busiest segment of the Illinois Interstate Highway System is
located near Chicago Avenue on the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/I-94) in
Chicago. On an average day in 2004, how many vehicles traveled over that
||The least heavily traveled segment of the Illinois Interstate
Highway System is located along Interstate 180 in Bureau County. On an
average day in 2004, how many vehicles traveled over that segment?
||Before it became Interstate 88, the East-West Tollway (recently
renamed the Ronald Reagan Memorial) was known by what marked route
A) U. S. Route 130
B) Illinois Route 88
C) Illinois Route 5
D) Interstate 290
||The IDOT personnel who operate the Chicago Expressway System’s
Emergency Traffic Patrol (ETP) program were given what nickname in the
1960s that has stuck until today?
A) The Road Warriors
B) The Guardian Angels
C) The Minutemen
D) The Rescue Crew
||By what name is the East St. Louis area expressway system’s
emergency patrol program known?
A) EPV (Emergency Patrol Vehicle) Program
B) ETP (Emergency Traffic Patrol Program – South
C) MAP (Motorist Assistance Patrol) Program
D) IMC (Incident Management Control) Program
||In 1993 plans for what new highway connecting I-90 and I-80
through Kane, Kendall and Will counties were abandoned due to public
opposition. By what name was this proposed highway known?
A) The John B. Anderson Thruway
B) The Fox Valley Freeway
C) The Joliet – Elgin Expressway
D) The Kane – Will Tollway
||Name the route of the Central Illinois Railroad (now AMTRAK)
passenger train that closely follows Interstate 57 for much of its route
across Illinois (made famous in a song in the early 1970s).
A) The Midnight Special
B) The City of New Orleans
C) The Last Train to Clarksville
D) The Chattanooga Choo-Choo
||The last segment of Interstate 80 (also known as the Moline
Expressway) linking Iowa to Indiana across Illinois was completed in
||Historic U. S. Route 66, which crossed the country from Chicago
to Santa Monica, California has largely been replaced in Illinois by
what Illinois Interstate Highway?
A) Interstate 80
B) Interstate 70
C) Interstate 90
D) Interstate 55
||In addition to confusing use of individual names for its
expressway systems, Chicago (and particularly traffic reporters) adopted
other informal terms or names for describing various expressway
locations. Some of these locations are listed below. On the lines next
to the term, describe the location or what the term refers to.
Term / Name:
Location / Refers to:
|“The Mile Long Bridge”
|“The Hillside Strangler”
||In 2004, a segment of Interstate 55 from Springfield to near
Carlinville was designated an expressway in honor of a State Senate
Majority Leader. Who was the person so honored?