Road Closures

Road Closures

WOLF ROAD 143rd - 151st St.

UDPATE March 1, 2021


143rd St from Compton Court to Creek Crossing Drive (approx..) was closed this morning due to icing conditions. Depending on the overnight low temperatures this could be an issue for the next several days.

 

At 171st and Wolf Road there is a potential flooding issue that might arise due to the snow melt. This area has seen flooding in the past and it would appear that there is a potential for flooding to occur in this area in the near future.







UPDATE January 4, 2020:

***UPDATE*** Wolf Road between 143rd St and 151st St remains closed per IDOT
Today (January 4, 2020), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) contacted the Village to advise that they will continue to keep Wolf Road between 143rd Street and 151st Street closed in order to initiate emergency road improvements. On December 25, 2020, following a head-on collision that occurred as a result of flooding and icing issues, IDOT closed Wolf Road between 143rd Street and 151st Street. IDOT is keeping the road closed as they will be initiating emergency re-engineering of the roadway and water run off ditches in the area that regularly floods. IDOT has indicated that they are expediting the project and hope to have the roadway open in the near future.
Wolf Road is one of three major roadways in the Village of Orland Park that usually flood after moderate to severe rainstorms. These three major roadways, which are all under the jurisdiction of the State of Illinois, are: 143rd Street, Southwest Highway, and Wolf Road. Information regarding efforts being taken to improve these roads can be found below.

Wolf Road between 143rd St and 151st St remains closed per IDOT

On December 25, 2020, following a head-on collision that occurred as a result of flooding and icing issues, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) closed Wolf Road between 143rd St. and 151st St. Village staff has been working with IDOT staff in an attempt to reopen the roadway as soon as safely possible.  Today, IDOT confirmed that they plan to keep the road closed as a precautionary measure.  Although water on the pavement is receding, it is still only a few inches past the edge of pavement marking.  With the forecasted change in temperature, IDOT is very cautious about a sudden surcharge of water and the potential for additional icing of the road, leading to hazardous road conditions.

Wolf Road is one of three major roadways in the Village of Orland Park that usually flood after moderate to severe rainstorms. These three major roadways, which are all under the jurisdiction of the State of Illinois, are:

  1. 143rd Street
  2. Southwest Highway
  3. Wolf Road

There are a few other roadways that temporarily flood after rainstorms. However, flooding on the above three roadways impacts a large number of Village residents, visitors and travelers throughout our community and is typically longer in duration.  In total, the cost to get the aforementioned three Illinois-owned roadways upgraded is in excess of $120 million, which the State has not yet funded.  Nevertheless, even though these three major roadways are under the jurisdiction of the State of Illinois, the Village has undertaken efforts to facilitate their improvements in order to alleviate the challenges faced in these areas, including periodic road closures, as a result of flooding. 

143rd Street

This roadway, also known as Illinois Route 7, is owned, operated and maintained by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). 143rd Street, west of Wolf Road, floods most often resulting in road closures, but flooding also occurs west of 108th Street. The primary cause of flooding is Long Run Creek and roadway elevation. The Village has taken the initiative to lead the design process of the roadway widening and drainage improvement project from Will-Cook Road to Southwest Highway. The Village has spent several hundred thousand dollars on the Preliminary Engineering Study (also known as Phase I) and will spend close to four-million dollars ($3 million in Village funds and $1 million of federal funds) on Final Engineering Study (also known as Phase II). The Phase I Study is in its final stages and the Phase II Study is expected to begin in 2021.  Phase 1 information regarding the eastern section of the proposed project can be viewed at https://www.143rdstreetproject.com.

Wolf Road

Wolf Road is part of Route 7 from 143rd Street to 159th Street and becomes Route 6 south of 159th Street. Similar to 143rd Street, Wolf Road is owned, operated, and maintained by IDOT. Wolf Road often floods at 171st Street but flooding occasionally occurs between 143rd Street and 151st Street.

The primary cause of flooding at 171st Street is the existing topography east of Wolf Road which is not conducive for the stormwater to flow eastwards and enter into Marley Creek. Additionally, downstream grading must be adjusted along Marley Creek to allow stormwater to flow in the creek. Flooding between 143rd Street and 151st Street is caused by various reasons, one being beaver dams along Long Run Creek.

The Village has taken the initiative to lead a Phase I Engineering Study to widen Wolf Road from 143rd Street to 167th Street. The purpose of this project is to improve traffic flow capacity, safety, and drainage issues. The Phase I Engineering Study is funded by the Village and federal funds. Funding for Phase II is not identified yet. Phase I is expected to complete in 2021.

Southwest Highway

Southwest Highway, also known as Route 7, is primarily a north-south highway. This roadway is also owned, operated, and maintained by IDOT.  Southwest Highway floods from 131st Street to the Orland Park Nature Center located south of 135th Street. Generally, north of 135th Street, the flooding spills over into the properties located east and west of Southwest Highway, including Palos Country Club. There are many reasons for the flooding which include collapsed culverts that cross Southwest Highway, insufficient stormwater flow capacity, large amounts of debris  found near the water inlets, water levels in the McGinnis Slough, blockage of drainage swales, etc. The Village works proactively with IDOT to monitor and clear blockages as they occur.

One important and effective step that the Village has taken over the last two years is to work with the Cook County Forest Preserve District (CCFPD) to draw down the McGinnis Slough before the rain season. This step has made a significant impact in managing the flooding along the highway as lower water levels increase storm water storage capacity of the Slough.

The Village is also working with IDOT for a permanent solution which includes widening the roadway and addressing flooding issues along the highway. IDOT is currently working on the design of this project and it has been scheduled for letting in 2021.