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Interstate 180, Near Hennepin, Illinois | by Ken Lund
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Interstate 180, Near Hennepin, Illinois

Interstate 180 (abbreviated I-180) is a north–south spur highway that runs from Princeton, Illinois to the small town of Hennepin, Illinois on its southern terminus. It is 13.19 miles (21.23 km) long. Interstate 180 winds through a forested, hilly area in north-central Illinois. The local topography surrounding I-180 is heavily influenced by the Illinois River. It has four lanes for its entire length. Construction of I-180 was completed in 1969. The freeway was built primarily to connect Interstate 80 to a new Jones & Laughlin steel plant built in 1965 at Hennepin, IL. However, the steel plant closed soon after I-180 was built, and did not re-open until August 2002. I-180 is one of the least traveled interstates in the nation, serving 2,450 – 4,100 vehicles per day as of 2007.

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Taken on June 26, 2013