For the second time this summer, heavy rains and flooding force the Eisenhower Expressway to shut-down.
The pounding rains Monday night caused the closure of all lanes between Harlem and Manheim from around midnight to about four o’clock Tuesday morning. Many vehicles got stuck in the high water, and drivers had to wade through waist-high water or climb on the barriers to get to safety. As crews cleaned up the expressway, they discovered about 30 yards of the roadway was buckled in the right lane on the eastbound side. Guy Tridgell, of IDOT, says pressure caused a manhole cover to erode, and that caused the pavement to buckle. Crews hope to have it repaired by the evening rush-hour commute. Only two eastbound lanes are moving as of Tuesday afternoon. The westbound side is now open.
Back on June 25th, the Ike was closed for seven hours near 25th Avenue because of a collapsed storm sewer.
CTA service was suspended on the Blue Line between Forest Park and Harlem, but now it’s running again.