Deerfield Traffic Nightmare Has Begun

Why is there construction-like traffic when this is supposed to be our "year off" from construction on Lake Cook Road?


I feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football and Lucy keeps pulling it away and laughing. I thought this was the year Deerfield was getting a construction break. I thought this was the year that getting around town was not going to be a testament to the patience and tolerance of every person driving through or around town.

Clearly, I was wrong.

Lake Cook Road is a nightmare already. School is not out yet. Ravinia has not even started. What the heck is going on?

Let's start with the work being done by Deer Lake Road-the corner of Lake Cook Road and Deer Lake Road is the corner by  and . I'm not sure what they are working out there, but they have closed lanes, had flashing red lights for full days, causing back-ups all the way to the Tollway.

Then, there is the lovely corner of Lake Cook and Waukegan Roads. This has always been a horrible corner, but for the last few months, it really seemed to be flowing smoothly. Traffic patterns made sense and it was not a lifetime heading east on Lake Cook past Waukegan.

Now, regardless of time of day or day of the week, that corner has again become a nightmare, with back-ups lasting 15 minutes or more from Deer Lake Road to Waukegan. What is going on?

One of my shortcuts during the Lake Cook Road construction was to hop on the Spur heading east avoiding the Lake Cook Road back-ups. Can't do that now either, with construction not only on the bridge on Deerfield Road over 294, but the construction on 294 has been brutal as well heading north and south.

This is only the beginning, too. The library will open June 11 at Cadwell Corner's—corner of Deerfield and Waukegan Roads. Ravinia begins June 7 in Highland Park. School is out in Deerfield District 109 on June 8.

We all know summer construction causes delays, back-ups and slow downs throughout Chicago. But we are in Deerfield. This was supposedly our year off of construction. That was a very incorrect assumption.

The gridlock has only begun. Find your short-cuts, cut throughs and prepare for delays. Remember these tips. Don't speed through the neighborhoods, no hand held devices while driving. Can't imagine the Deerfield police are not planning on cashing in on these traffic delays.

At least someone will be happy driving around this summer. Sure won't be me.

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Tony Horwitz May 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Compared to 22 and Waukegan, that intersection is a breeze (at least on Waukegan). 22 at Riverwoods Rd. makes westbound travel in the afternoon horrible. I use Duffy Lane and Everett Rd.
RB May 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM
It is interesting that Village Planners requested a 'year off' of Lake Cook Construction so that businesses could recover. Construction is on going, and effectively we may be seeing the start of another 2 years of work. If the Village had not asked for the delay, ongoing work would be one more year instead of two. Can the Village explain this?
RB May 24, 2012 at 12:54 PM
One other note, the delay of one year will place next years Lake Cook work alongside the rebuild of Deerfield road East of Waukegan road. Not getting better.....
Daniel Krudop May 24, 2012 at 07:32 PM
With District 109 schools closing, the intersection at Deerfield & Wilmot will lose some of the gridlock cause there just before school starts and when it lets out. Caruso effects that area too.
RonnieTheLimoDriver May 24, 2012 at 07:43 PM
good point. We saw how well that worked last year when we had Lake-Cook, Deerfield closed because of the tunnel to nowhere, and 22 under construction. If I could afford a summer home, I would spend my entire summer out of town as it will not be pretty.
Life is Good May 24, 2012 at 09:13 PM
"Deerfield Traffic Nightmare Has Begun" Really? I kind of thought it has been going on for over a year.


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