U.S. Route 45

U.S. Highway 45 ( U.S. 45 short ) is a north-south United -States -highway. The U.S. 45 extends across the whole United States, from Lake Superior to the Gulf of Mexico. A sign at the northernmost point of the road indicated the total distance than 1300 miles ( 2092 km ).

In 2004, the northern end of the road in Ontonagon, in the state of Michigan, where he will meet with the MI 64, just a few steps from the banks of the Upper Lake. The southernmost point is in Mobile, where he meets with U.S. Highway 98.

By the year 1934, the northern terminus of U.S. 45 was in the Chicago metropolitan area. Before the construction of the Interstate Highway system, the highway was one of the main links between Chicago and the Gulf Coast. South of Effingham street had less traffic because travelers veered with the aim of New Orleans southwest on Illinois State Route 37 in the direction of U.S. 51 to Cairo.

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The U.S. Highway 45 begins in downtown Mobile on U.S. Highway 98 and meets on the outskirts of Mobile on Interstate 65 Then he runs in a northerly direction along with the non -signposted Alabama State Route 17 between Mobile and Vinegar Bend in Washington County and then to the state border to Mississippi with the non -signposted Alabama State Route 57


In Mississippi, the highway continues to lead in a northerly direction and forms a bypass for different places such as Waynesboro, Shubuta and Quitman. To meridian of U.S. Highway is expanded freeway where it meets Interstates 20 and 59 and on the U.S. Highways 11 and 80 In Mayhew it crosses U.S. Highway 82, which connects the two cities, among others, Columbus and Starkville. A section of U.S. Highway 45 in Tupelo is expanded as Freeway. In this section, it meets the U.S. Highways 78 and 278, the last major city in Mississippi Corinth, where he U.S. Highway 72 happened.


In the state of Tennessee U.S. Highway 45 runs along with the not signposted Tennessee State Route 5 from the border with Mississippi to Union City and then together with U.S. Highway 51, ​​which is not signposted Tennessee State Route 3, up to the border with Kentucky. Between Fairview and South Fulton, the highway in the U.S. Highway 45W, for the western part, and U.S. Highway 45E shares, for the eastern part. The U.S. 45E, together with the not signposted Tennessee State Route 43 along the entire route, except for short sections at Martin and South Fulton.


The first city, hitting the road in Krentucky, Fulton. From there it leads parallel to the Purchase Parkway to Mayfield in a northeasterly direction. From Mayfield U.S. Highway 45 runs as a four-lane road north to Paducah. In the city he meets Interstate 24 and U.S. Highways 60 and 62 with the crossing of the Ohio River in the north of the Highway Paducah Illinois achieved.


In the state of Illinois U.S. Highway 45 runs from the bridge over the Ohio River in the north via Effingham, Mattoon, Champaign - Urbana and Kankakee to Chicago. In this way, he meets two more times on Interstate 24 in Mill Shoals to Interstate 64 in Effingham on Interstates 70 and 57, in the north of Champaign on Interstate 74 and in Tinley Park crossing on Interstate 80 Furthermore, the U.S. 45, U.S. highway 50, 40, 36, 150, 136, 24, 52, 30 and 6

In the metropolitan area of ​​Chicago, the highway passes through densely populated areas. He meets at Justice on Interstates 55 and 294 as well as on the U.S. Highways 12, 20 and 34 After the U.S. Highway 45 to Interstate has happened at 290 Hillside, it performs parallel east to I- 294 at O'Hare International Airport and along impinges on Interstates 190 and 90 in the center of Des Plaines U.S. 45 is crossed by U.S. Highway 14. In the north of the metropolitan area of Chicago, the highway to Chicago Executive Airport happened before she leaves him in a northerly direction.

To the east of Antioch he reached after 650 kilometers, the Wisconsin border. This is true of U.S. Highway 45 as the longest numbered road in the state of Illinois.


With the Bristol Highway reaches the first place in Wisconsin. It runs from the border continues north to Milwaukee and also parallel to Interstate 94 it forms the west of the city, first a short piece of me Interstate 43 and in connection with Interstate 894, a beltway. Starting a new intersection with the I-94 Freeway as it leads automatically to West Bend on. It impinges on U.S. Highways 18 and 41 with U.S. 41, it uses the route from the city limits of Milwaukee to Richfield together.

In Fond du Lac crosses U.S. Highway 45 U.S. Highway 151 and then travels to Oshkosh on the west bank of the Winnebagosee along and crosses the port again the U.S. 41 At Winchester he meets U.S. Highway 10 from Clintonville leads the Highway in a northwesterly direction to Wittenberg. In the village of Monico he also crossed the U.S. Highway 8 After Location Land O 'Lakes reached the highway the state of Michigan.


In Michigan, the U.S. Highway 45 runs in a northerly direction in sparsely populated country and meets at Watersmeet on U.S. Highway 2 in the village of Bruce Crossing the highway is crossed by the Michigan State Route 28. Southeast of Rockland branches Michigan State Route 26. From this branch of the U.S. 45 leads in a north-westerly direction. The U.S. Highway 45 ends at the coast of Lake Superior in downtown Ontonagon shortly after a cross with the Michigan State Routes 38 and 64

Expansion history

Apart from a few short sections in nearby cities remained of the U.S. Highway 45 almost throughout a two-lane road through Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee until well into the 1980s.