Authorities reopened all traffic lanes on a flooded section of the Eisenhower Expressway this morning after shutting down traffic in both directions there amidst heavy rains Tuesday evening.
Reports of flooding and two stranded vehicles led authorities to close Interstate 290 near 25th Avenue in Broadview about 7:10 p.m., Illinois State Police Trooper Julian Torres said. Troopers, maintenance crews and Illinois Department of Transportation personnel blocked the highway and diverted traffic around the affected area until some lanes became passable more than six hours later.
The first cars were let through on the outbound lanes about 1:35 a.m., state police said. All three outbound lanes had reopened by 2:30 a.m., and the inbound lanes were reopened minutes after.
There were no reports of injuries, police said, and no other highways were closed.
The brief but heavy downpours that pummeled Chicago on Tuesday snarled air traffic as well, leading airlines to cancel some flights and delay others. More than 85 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport as of 9 p.m., according to aviation officials, and those planes still landing and taking off were about an hour late.
Inbound and outbound planes at Midway International Airport were delayed around 90 minutes, authorities added.
Tribune reporters and WGN- TV