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Suburban Road Work Challenging Drivers

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury

Everyone knows driving a car on a public roadway is a gauntlet of obstacles that must be cautiously navigated. A safe driver must be mindful of other drivers, pedestrians, changing weather, visibility, traffic patterns, and road conditions. Drivers traversing the Chicago region must also be prepared to adjust to seemingly endless road work, resulting in ever changing speed limits, lane and exit closures, and other fluctuations that have proven confusing and even dangerous to travelers.

Keep reading to learn more about navigating regional road work, and if you or a loved one has been injured in a construction zone accident, contact an Illinois lawyer to discuss your case.

Watch Out for Road Work in Illinois

Constant road work throughout the region has been a source of frustration and confusion for drivers forced to alter their daily commute. The road repairs and expansions lead to disappearing and shifting exits and on ramps, unexpected lane or road closures, and more. According to Paul Kovacs, Illinois tollway Chief Engineer, “familiarizing drivers with adjustments to their normal routes is a huge challenge.”

Although most changes are advertised with advanced warning signs, many drivers simply don’t see them. Studies show that drivers need “about 2.5 seconds to perceive and react to a potential problem,” and some drivers caught off guard by altered routes just don’t have enough time to react appropriately.

Safer Travel for Holiday Season outside Chicago

If you must travel through road work on your daily commute, be prepared to safely navigate unexpected changes to your route. Consider leaving earlier than you normally would accommodate construction traffic and lane closures. Leave a wide margin between you and other vehicles so you can react in the event of an unexpected circumstance.

Check online or download a traffic application to your phone that can warn you about heavy traffic and lane or exit closures. Minimize distractions, pay careful attention, and expect the unexpected.

Some roadwork and changes to keep in mind:

  • A new interchange at northbound I-94 and Grand Avenue including new barriers separating eastbound exit lanes from main traffic
  • Difficulty getting onto I-90 mainline or Route 53/I-290
  • New longer exit onto northbound Mannheim Road off of I-190
  • Ramp closures between Downers Grove and Lombard
  • Ramp detours on Jane Addams Tollway eastbound between Elmhurst Road and Des Plaines Oasis

In other words, it’s a mess out there, and the winter weather isn’t going to make it any easier. If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Call today to speak to an experienced and dedicated Illinois lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.. We look forward to helping you achieve the outcome you deserve.