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Road Construction: Torture for a Deerfield Mom

I can't take Lake or Deerfield roads. So, what options do I have now?

I used to hate driving west from Deerfield. Now I struggle to get out of my own neighborhood heading anywhere. 

I live in Deerfield, smack dab between Lake Cook Road on the South and Deerfield Road on the North.  Turning left from my neighborhood onto Lake Cook Road is tortuous.  You could wait a solid 10-15 minutes just to turn left.  Then wait in that little stretch of road until you hit Pfingsten for another 5-10 minutes.   

In the mornings, if Deerfield Road is closed, making it across the tracks on Osterman takes about 18 times longer than it should.

Now, I am all for any and all repairs to be completed on the tracks, roads, bridges, but was it really necessary to do it all at the same time?  One of the nicest things about living in Deerfield is the close proximity we have to get to so many other suburbs and to the city.  But now, I can’t get anywhere without a struggle.  I feel like Charlie Brown as Lucy pulls the football away just as I’m about to kick it.  Aaargh.

A perfect example of my traffic woes happened earlier this week.  I had to take my daughter to an orthodontist appointment in Northbrook.  We dropped off my middle daughter at South Park, worked our way over to Pine Street and thought we could surely make it to the orthodontist in twenty minutes.  Then, I looked at the fifteen or so cars waiting to turn left onto Lake Cook Road from Pine, and knowing that maybe, maybe, 3 cars would get to turn every two minutes we get the green light, we could be waiting twenty minutes just to turn onto Lake Cook Road.  So, we turned around, went all the way back through the neighborhood and hopped on the spur.  We were a few minutes late, but it was like a crazy maze. 

And to think Ravinia traffic is right around the corner. Travelers heading to the Botanic Gardens will start soon.  And summer in itself is just a traffic headache.  It is only going to get worse.  I would say Metra is the answer, but I’m not sure how you even get to the train stations!  

Maybe I’ll get a basket for my bike and run some errands that way.  Or lots of walks-thankfully, it's only a mile to Deerfield Square.  Or I’ll just continue to fight the craziness we live in until it's over.  And be thankful every day after that.  Until it starts again next summer?

Rick Smith June 05, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Kudos to you. You have written what every Deerfield resident has been thinking! Another example of our local and state governments "taking care" of us! Rick Smith
Barbara June 05, 2011 at 10:21 PM
This is indeed difficult for everyone. Lake Cook Road is a Cook County project that was initially planned to be done several years ago, but was postponed several times. Deerfield has no control over Cook County Highway Department, which finally decided to get it done this year. The pedestrian underpass that's closing Deerfield Road is scheduled to be finished this month, so things should improve.
Elizabeth Fish June 06, 2011 at 12:07 AM
I cannot even imagine driving a school bus through this! Thinking of all the camp buses that will start this month. Going to be long rides!!! Thanks for the update on Deerfield road-that is great news to know there is some relief in our future!!!
Susan Berg June 06, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Are there any plans for replacing the light at Pine St. and Lake Cook? Prior to construction it was becoming increasingly more difficult to turn left on to Lake Cook Rd. The addition of a high school and synagogue increased traffic flow considerably. Add construction, and it is almost impossible to legally make a left turn. I'm not sure what can be done during construction-other than having a traffic control officer directing traffic during peak periods. Clearly, this intersection warrants a left-turn arrow at the very least. I contacted the Village Hall and the Project Resident Engineer from the Cook County Highway Dept. and have received no response. Help.
Mara Meyer June 19, 2011 at 02:22 PM
This a a clear example of how our state and municipalities do not talk with one another. G-d bless Greenwood and the tollway by-pass. It is silly to pay a 50 cent toll to get to Waukegan south, but definitely a life saver. The other day a LARGE delivery truck held up traffic on Osterman and Robert York for 30 minutes. As I live in the Village I could manuver around, but it was ridiculous. Sometimes I think this Village certainly does not think of the residents unless they can make a buck on us! And Susan, the Village does not respond in a timely fashion. How many of us have worked for companies that require a 24 hour turn around for phone calls? If not, in time we would be fired. Not here!

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