Dan Ryan Expressway re-opened after flooding closed some lanes
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE April 18, 2013 5:06AM
Most of the lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway are reopened to traffic after heavy rains submerged all but one northbound lane early Thursday, according to the Illinois State Police.
Rains that began around 9 p.m. Wednesday inundated storm sewers near West 87th Street, causing them to backup and flood the expressway, said Illinois State Police District Chicago Master Sgt. Jason LoCoco.
As of about 1:45 a.m. Thursday northbound traffic bottlenecked into the one remaining left-hand lane as motorists passed through the area, state police said.
Illinois Department of Transportation work crews were on the scene attempting to alleviate the problem and as of 4:50 a.m. only the right hand lane remained closed, state police said.
The flooding does not appear to be the result of a storm sewer clogged with debris.
“From what we know, it’s not that the sewers are unable to hold all the water. They are not clogged,” LoCoco said.
As of 4:50 a.m., State Police are investigating reports of flooding on the Edens near Petersen and Willow as well as the westbound I-290 near Wolf Road.