ULTIMATE INTERSTATE

Corridor 53

Ultimate Interstate Corridor 53
Description Ultimate interstate 53 is a new interstate corridor that travels from Lebanon, MO to Fond du Lac, WI; connecting the cities of Madison, WI; Dubuque, IA; the Quad Cities; and Jefferson City, MO. Heading north the route generally follows MO-5 northward until it joins US-54 near Camdenton. From there it continues generally northeast along US-54 until it reaches planned ultimate interstate 51 near Bowling Green MO. From there the route travels through Hannibal, MO crosses the river and then heads north replacing I-172. It continues following IL-110 northeastward until itjoins I-74 in Galesburg, IL. It runs concurrent with I-74 north to the quad cities and travels around the northeast quad of the city along I-80 until it reaches the US-61 corrridor. From there it travels along US-61 north until it reaches Dubuque, IA. Then the route travels generally along US-151 from Dubuque to Fond du Lac where it ends at the planned ultimate interstate 55 extension (currently being planned as I-41).
Purpose and Need Promotes continuity of the interstate system. Connects the Quad Cities to Madison and Milwaukee but bypasses the busy Chicago metroplex. It also completes interstate connections needed for the CKC corridor. As well as connecting the southern heartland to the northern midwest.