ORLAND PARK, IL — Part of 143rd Street remains closed Monday after heavy rains caused the roadway to flood. The flooding, which occurs frequently in the spring, comes as officials announced drainage updates to the Southwest Highway, but no substantial changes to 143rd Street.
The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to work on the stretch of Illinois 7 from 131st Street in Palos Park to 135th Street in Orland Park starting Monday.
Last month, part of the Southwest Highway was closed for nearly a week due to flooding from wet weather and ice.
At the time, village officials said the responsibility for repairing the busy road fell to IDOT because it, along with 143rd Street and Wolf Road, was state-owned.
IDOT said repair crews will add new drainage passages and a stormwater overflow area to the stretch. Drivers should plan for shoulder closures as well as alternate lane closures throughout the week until June, when the project is expected to be complete.
Village officials said 143rd Street is also in the midst of a multi-phase project to redesign the street with wider lanes and updated drainage. Currently, a village spokeswoman said the project is in its first stage which includes engineering studies. The next stage of the project is expected to start later in 2022.
On Monday, 143rd Street was flooded between Wolf Road and Will-Cook Road.