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Walter Strawn Drive crossing in Elwood closes to traffic (with video)

A crew works Wednesday morning to close off access to Walter Strawn Drive from Illinois Route 53 in Elwood. The closure of the road comes as a result of a ruling by the Illinois Commerce Commission that said the nearby railroad crossing is too dangerous to remain open.
A crew works Wednesday morning to close off access to Walter Strawn Drive from Illinois Route 53 in Elwood. The closure of the road comes as a result of a ruling by the Illinois Commerce Commission that said the nearby railroad crossing is too dangerous to remain open.

ELWOOD – The Walter Strawn Drive railroad crossing just west of Illinois Route 53 is now closed, blocking off one of the main access points truckers use to reach the Elwood and Joliet industrial park intermodals.

Crews from the Village of Elwood erected concrete barriers early Wednesday morning at both ends of the stretch of Walter Strawn. The Illinois Department of Transportation assisted with the closure.

The road's closure follows a ruling earlier this month by the Illinois Commerce Commission that said the railroad crossing at Walter Strawn is too dangerous to remain open.

Trucks will be expected to use Interstate 55 and Arsenal Road to gain access into the intermodals. Access to Ira Morgan Drive just east of Illinois Route 53 will not be affected, according to IDOT.

CenterPoint Properties, the developer of the two intermodals, along with trucking and logistics companies, have opposed the shutdown, saying it would cause a ricochet of traffic jams elsewhere in the region.

Once the closure is in place, IDOT will monitor conditions at this location and the surrounding area, making appropriate traffic control changes, if necessary. 

Updates on the closure's effects on traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

• Photographer Lathan Goumas contributed to this report.

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