Excerpt from 1963 Official Illinois State Highway Map
has not yet begun on Interstate 55 in Montgomery County in the early
60s, as this portion of the freeway was the last of 55 to be completed
At this point four-lane Route 66 carries traffic between Springfield
and St. Louis, coming within a few yards of the Shrine of Our Lady
of the Highways.
Note the old two-lane alignments still noted on the map (in light
blue) at Mount Olive and Staunton.
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