Update: I-55 Reopened to Traffic

After being closed for more than 24 hours due to flooding, the Illinois State Police say the road is back in drivable condition.

Update/11 a.m. Saturday: The Illinois State Police have announced Interstate 55 has reopened.

Original post: 9:30 a.m. April 20

Flooding along the Des Plaines River and I&M Canal corridor is causing traffic on Interstate 55 to be rerouted near Channahon.

Illinois State police trooper Ken Gurney said I-55 southbound at Interstate-80 is shut down. He said traffic is being diverted onto I-80.

"The canal is overflowing on 55 in both directions," he said.

Gurney said I-55 northbound is closed at U.S. Route 6. He said traffic is being diverted onto U.S. Route 6 and he suggested an alternate for motorists looking to make their way around the mess.

"You can go on Route 6 eastbound to Houbolt," Gurney said. "Then turn left—go north on Houbolt—and get on I-80 westbound to 55 northbound."

Gurney said he had no timetable—no idea—when I-55 would reopen, the situation hinging on the level of the high flood waters.

Lee April 19, 2013 at 04:02 PM
The water is coming from the Metropolitan sanitary ship canal you
anonymous April 19, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Is that water drinkable?
Ken Fletcher April 19, 2013 at 04:20 PM
I sure wouldn't drink it.
Smitty April 19, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Earlier today, I saw someone walking north on I-55 just south of Rt 6 and he was passing traffic.
Ed Arter April 22, 2013 at 12:53 AM
If we live that long this will help up stream flooding as most of Chicago is on a combination (Storm and Sanitary water) system. 17.5 billion Upstream gallons diverted away from us might help our flooding issues to some degree Phase 1, the creation of 109.4 miles (176 km) of tunnels ranging from 9-33 feet in diameter, up to 350 feet underground, was adopted in 1972, commenced in 1975, and completed and operational by 2006. Phase 2, reservoirs primarily intended for flood control, remains underway with an expected completion date of 2029. Currently, up to 2.3 billion gallons of sewage can be stored and held in the tunnels themselves while awaiting processing at sewage treatment plants, which release treated water into the Calumet and Des Plaines Rivers. Additional sewage is stored at the 3.1 billion gallon Thornton Transitional Reservoir, which will return to use as a quarry when the nearby Thornton Composite Reservoir is completed, and the 350 million gallon Gloria Alitto Majewski Reservoir near O'Hare International Airport. The 10 billion gallon McCook Reservoir is scheduled for completion in 2017 (3.5 billion gallons) and 2029 (6.5 billion gallons) and the 7.9 billion gallon Thornton Composite reservoir is scheduled to be completed in 2015. Upon completion, the TARP system will have a capacity of 17.5 billion gallons of storage.


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