Chicago Area Snowstorm Lengthens Commutes And Causes Accidents

The snowstorm that hit the Chicago area yesterday caused significant difficulties for area drivers.

Snow accumulations generally totaled 6-9 inches, and varied significantly across the metropolitan area.

Various travel times on area roadways and expressways were very lengthy.  As seen in the January 20 Chicago Tribune article titled “Snow cripples commute, cancels flights and moves on” :

Motorists on the Drive from Bryn Mawr to Randolph managed average speeds of 20 mph, while speeds from 55th Street to Jackson averaged about 10 mph.

At the height of the evening rush the inbound Edens Expressway from Deerfield Road to the Circle was about four hours.  The inbound Edens from Lake Cook to the Circle was about the same.

The inbound Kennedy from O’Hare to the Circle was more than two hours, while the outbound Kennedy from the Circle to O’Hare was also more than two hours.

On the inbound Eisenhower, it was almost four hours from Thorndale to the Circle and the way back was just more than three hours.

The article also stated that there were a high number of spinouts and accidents on area roadways.  This is similar to previous snowstorms this season, which have contributed to a substantial number of vehicle accidents.

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