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

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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.

Adam September 16, 2013 at 03:46 PM
What was frustrating was drivers made left turns after the arrows turned RED and now they're in the middle of the intersection, being a bunch of A holes, blocking the drivers north/south bound on 83 who just got the green light.
David September 16, 2013 at 04:31 PM
North ave and 83 were a mess all weekend.
Lindsay September 16, 2013 at 09:34 PM
My normal 10 minute commute to work from Villa Park to 83 took 45 minutes today. It's frustrating because the traffic on St. Charles is equally as congested on North Ave., so there's no good alternative. When is this going to end??
NOREEN QUINN AUKST September 17, 2013 at 07:30 AM
You forgot to mention St. Charles. This was a nightmare yesterday; it took me 45 minutes to get through Elmhurst along St. Charles. I left North Ave. because of unmoving traffic and hit a stopped train. So you cannot go east and west or north and south thru Elmhurst. I certainly will not patronize any Elmhurst business at this time, including the library,the Y, the clinic or the hospital. Forget about the stores.
Michael September 17, 2013 at 07:45 AM
Yes, St. Charles is a mess. But at least there appears to be some urgency to completing the work. The earlier North Ave project between York and 83, on the other hand, was a disgrace. They dragged out what should have been a one week job to around four weeks.
Kris September 17, 2013 at 07:47 AM
What used to take me 10 minutes to get to work now takes AT LEAST 30. I'm in between St. Charles and North before 83 and there is ABSOLUTELY no where to go.. The moron who thought that this was all okay do at once should be forced to take this route everyday while this is going on so maybe he'll think twice before Doing it again.
Jim Court September 17, 2013 at 08:49 AM
As usual in Illinois, the approach to roadwork is completely chaotic, without logic, and unconcerned about the general public. Why? Because by spreading the job out you can extract more money, sell or lease more barricades, and increase your profits. Would anybody tile a floor by placing tiles in a random and chaotic way ? Roadwork should be reduced to one area, when this area is completed equipment is then moved forward and this area completed. Instead, it is hit or miss, with barricades being placed where no work exists. I wish City Officials and the Police could intervene with these companies and lay out an orderly plan with minimal negative impact. Doing St. Charles Rd. and North ave. at the same time do not allow for alternative travel in the central district. Like sheep, we blindly accept whatever is. We get the government we deserve.
Anne September 17, 2013 at 09:47 AM
What a disaster! Serious lack of planning when considering commuter patterns and alternative routes. I feel like I'm stuck on an island and can't get off!
Sue September 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM
While the traffic is really frustrating, it's the inconsiderate drivers that make me the maddest. I live near North & West and there are times that only one car gets through before the light changes. Don't pull up if you can't clear the intersection!
Independence666 September 17, 2013 at 01:12 PM
The most frustrating thing about this is that much of this work was not really necessary. In many cases it is simply a way for Quinn to toss his political cronies some bucks before the election. We need real job growth in this struggling state, not more orange cones.
WLA September 17, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Why did they plan the roadwork on St Charles to start when school was back in session making congestion worse. They had all summer to do this.
Scott September 17, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Police should help guide traffic through these tuff intersection. Let our tax dollar work for us for once.
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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