Alternate US Highway 66 served as the original alignment of Route 66 until a new alignment was built, passing thorugh Plainfield, Illinois as a bypass of Joliet in 1940. The alternate route branched off the main route near Romeoville and headed south, finally rejoining the main route at Gardner. Its total length was about 40 miles, and is now designated Illinois State Route 53. The later "main" alignment of US 66 is near (in some cases under) Interstate 55. Alternate meanings of Route 66: New Jersey State Highway 66, Interstate 66, and a company named after the route US Highway 66 or Route 66 was and is the most famous road in the United States highway system and quite possibly the most famous and storied highway in the world. ... The Village of Plainfield is a municipality located in Will County, Illinois. ... Joliet is a city located in both Will and Kendall County, Illinois and is a suburb southwest of Chicago. ... 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Romeoville is a village located in Will County, Illinois. ... Gardner is a village located in Grundy County, Illinois. ... Illinois State Route 53 is a north-south state highway that runs south from Long Grove at Illinois State Route 83 to Gardner at Interstate 55 west of old U.S. Highway 66, a distance of about 80 miles. ... Interstate 55 is an interstate highway in the central United States. ...
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