UPDATE: Traffic Nightmares in Elmhurst Have Commuters Tied Up in Knots

Having trouble getting out of Elmhurst?

UPDATE 11:30 p.m. Monday: An IDOT representative said the bulk of the roadwork being done by the state of Illinois should be completed in seven to 10 days, according to Police Chief Michael Ruth.

Ruth said he spoke to the representative on Monday.


Original story, 11:30 a.m. Monday

Traffic along North Avenue through Elmhurst was a gnarly mess all morning Monday, according to residents. A dispatch report requested police help at North and West, and a reader sent us this photo of North and Route 83 Monday.

But that's not the only place drivers are getting stuck. Construction backups, ongoing all summer, have caused traffic problems at all the main thoroughfares town: Butterfield, York, Lake, North and Route 83.

Does this construction season seem more problematic than others? Is it impacting your drive time to work? Let us know in the comments.

Ercie Berwick September 20, 2013 at 04:08 PM
I agree with Independence666. It seems that this area has been worked on over and over and over, and they keep working on it. When will it end? I think it is completely unnecessary and, again, I agree with Independence666''s comment. Quinn and his cronies causing confusion and mayhem in Elmhurst. I just got through paying my second installment of taxes, and I didn't do it very happily.
Greg Tomita September 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Forget about a longer commute - I need my sleep! This sounds like the third night in the past month when they are literally working all night long. With the trucks rumbling by and the incessant "back-up" beepers up and down North Ave., it doesn't matter if the windows are closed - you can feel the ground vibrate. At least tonight was not the Night of the Jackhammers. Ugh.
Independence666 September 28, 2013 at 09:02 AM
It's all about giving the overtime pay to the Governor's cronies my friends. This is Illinois politics at its best. Isn't it wonderful?
JDK October 15, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Something needs to be done about York and Vallette. The traffic backup due to the Prairie Path crossing is insane!
Ercie Berwick October 17, 2013 at 04:15 AM
JDK, I'll let you in on a little secret if you promise not to tell anybody else on this forum. I always avoid that tieup by driving on Cottage Hill and then turning right on York, picking up Spring Road and sailing all the way to Butterfield. From there you can then go wherever you wish. Make sense? ;)


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