COMMUNITY ALERT: OPPD Releases Updated Road Closures/Drivers Warned To Not Move Barricades

COMMUNITY ALERT: OPPD Releases Updated Road Closures/Drivers Warned To Not Move Barricades
Posted on 04/18/2013

The Orland Park Police Department has issued another update on local road closures due to heavy rains in the area.

The department strongly cautions drivers to not drive around or remove barricades from blocked roadways.

"We've had reports of people moving the barricades to drive down closed streets," said Orland Park Public Information Officer Joe La Margo. "This is highly dangerous because drivers don't know how deep the water is. They don't know what's in the roadway and they're putting emergency responders in danger," he said.

"All day, we've heard the Chicago media say, ‘Don't drown --- turn around.' Turn around and take another route," La Margo said. "It's simply not worth the risk --- both for the drivers and for those who would have to come help."

Drivers who move or drive around the road closure barricades have received citations from the Police Department.

CLOSED ROADS

  • Southwest Highway from 131st Street to 135th Street is completely closed. Police Department barricades and signs are in place.
  • Wolf Road is closed from Southwest Highway to 167th Street. Police Department barricades and signs are in place, including those at Brookhill Drive at Wolf Road.
  • Will-Cook Road is closed from Westbrook Drive to 167th Street. Barricades and signs are in place.
  • Will-Cook Road is closed at 15600 near Oak Hill Road. Cook County has signs in place.
  • 143rd Street is closed west of Wolf Road near Creek Crossing. Barricades are in place.
  • Wolf Road is closed from 143rd Street to 151st Street. Barricades are in place.
  • Silo Ridge Road at the intersection of Silo Ridge West and South is closed.
  • The 8300 west of 138th Place, approximately 150-200 feet is closed.
  • RECENT OPENINGS

  • As of late this afternoon, Southwest Highway, from 135th to 143rd Street is now open.
  • 135th Street, from LaGrange Road to Southwest Highway. Eastbound lanes are open. Westbound lanes remain closed.