Truck access to O’Hare’s south cargo access to be limited

Truck access to O'Hare's south cargo access to be limited

First they raised the Canadian National Rail line and now is the Canadian Pacific line. That’s right construction to raise the Canadian pacific rail line above Irving Park Road at the York Road intersection immediately south of O’Hare airport is underway. Like when the raised the CN line truck traffic will not be allowed on Irving Park Road east of York. Time to start thinking about alternative routes to get to the south cargo terminal.

Elgin-O’Hare Construction update

images-1The Elgin-O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) project is underway and companies can expect significant construction in the area west of O’Hare airport for the next 10-15 years. Daniel Smolensky, SIOR and principal of The Modal Group, presented his analysis on the impact of this project as the featured speaker during this week’s meeting of the International Air Cargo Association of Chicago.

As part of his presentation, Smolensky noted that currently the construction is fairly invisible, as they are only completing noise walls along Thorndale Avenue west of 290 and grading for the road expansion. Beginning later this year, Smolensky said motorists can expect work at every interchange from Gary Avenue to York Road along Thorndale Ave. “When the project is completed, access to the O’Hare market and the south cargo area should be easier with more predictable traffic patterns. In the interim expect delays as lanes are re-routed, closed and re-opened. For businesses in this area, it’s going to be a long haul. ”

Smolensky advised local companies to carefully consider the impact of this project on all aspects of their planning over the next several years – specifically in the area of real estate space utilization and expansion or temporary relocation plans. “All of these projects make sense, but you may need to think about where you business is located while all of this is being implemented,” Smolensky added.

The three major events that will be accomplished by 2025 according to are:
• Widening of Thorndale Avenue
• New connector highway (390) connecting 294 and 90 on the west side of O’Hare.
• New western access to O’Hare.
Other significant projects in the area include the $7 Billion O’Hare Modernization Programs and the raising of the Canadian Pacific Rail line at York and Irving Park Road.
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