Truck drivers to blame for detour near O’Hare: IDOT

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CHICAGO -- IDOT says drivers can thank truckers for a big detour near O’Hare airport.

There’s an ongoing construction project at Irving Park and York in Bensenville including two sets of railroad tracks that cross over Irving.

Back in 2012, crews lifted the Union Pacific tracks up to help prevent delays on the road and now they're working to lift the Canadian Pacific tracks you see here.

Over the weekend crews lowered the bridge into its new position and opened the road Sunday night-- but just to small trucks and cars.

That's because the construction was still ongoing and the roadway still had to be lowered before large trucks could pass under.

But unfortunately, IDOT says the truckers didn't pay attention to the signs.

A viewer sent WGN a picture yesterday of the truck stuck in Bensenville. The photo showed only small trucks and cars were allowed to pass under, nothing over 12 feet 6 inches but IDOT says semi drivers didn't pay attention.

Tony Quigley, IDOT: "In less than 24 hours we had approximately 15 bridges hit out there, three vehicles, I’m aware of got wedged underneath there."

On Monday night, IDOT decided to completely shut down Irving Park Road, from York to South Access Road.

"We just felt it was in the best interest of everyone's safety to close that east let of IL 19."

For about the next four months, drivers will have to take a nearly 10 mile detour using Route 72 and Mannheim around the North end of O’Hare Airport while crews finish the project.

IDOT says commuters can thank the truckers who didn't pay attention to the signage.

"The Department of Transportation had hundreds of signs out there, all around the detours. Pictures of trucks clearly marked 12.6 -- and the trucks got stuck. It was truckers ignoring the signs in place."

Train traffic had to be stopped twice Monday when trucks got stuck.

Once stopped for about 3 1/2 hours.

Now, drivers will have to take the nearly 10 mile detour.


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