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Highway 34

Much of Route 34 is currently a two-lane road between Monmouth, IL and Burlington, IA. There is no median and not much of a shoulder in many spots. Students in Henderson County in western Illinois are pushing for the state to provide funding to make the road a four-lane highway, a lobbying effort that started before they were born.

Rich Egger

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has developed half-a-dozen potential routes for an upgraded U.S. Highway 34 between the Mississippi River and Biggsville.  The plan is to convert the two-lane road into a four-lane expressway with a grass median.

Supporters are trying to take advantage of the momentum surrounding a multi-million dollar highway project in west-central Illinois.