IDOT temporarily closes portion of Irving Park by O’Hare

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CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation is temporarily closing a portion of Irving Park out by O’Hare — and pointing an accusing finger at truckers.

Officials say a large number of truck drivers have ignored a posted truck detour, and then rammed into the new railroad bridge over the road.

The underpass has only been open a few days, but now drivers will have to endure alternate routes.

IDOT said the following in a news release:

Traffic will be affected in the following manner:

  • Eastbound and westbound IL 19 will be closed to all traffic between York Rd and South Access Road, just east of York Rd., immediately.
  •  The roadway will reopened in approximately 4 months after the new railroad bridge is put in service.
  • A detour will be posted during this closure.
  • South Access Road will remain open to O’Hare Airport cargo deliveries during the closure and accessible via the detour route.

The following posted detour routes will be in effect for the full roadway closure:

  • Eastbound IL 19 traffic will turn north on to York Rd./Elmhurst Rd.,  east on IL Rte 72 (Touhy Ave), east on to IL72 (Higgins Rd), south on US Rte. 12/45/Mannheim Rd.

  • Westbound IL 19 traffic will turn north on to US Route 12/45/Mannheim Rd., west on IL72/Higgins Rd., west on IL 72/Touhy Ave, south on Elmhurst Rd./York Rd.

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1 Comment

  • DJ

    It has nothing to do with the truckers, someone on that construction crew messed up big time, and now the bridge is too low because something either sunk or went wrong. I Drive that way every day and the trucks on Friday were passing just fine, and after their closure over the weekend, it was suddenly too short. If you drove the same way to work every single day and suddenly there was a random stop sign with no flags no signs no nothing you’d probably blow the stop sign too