Elgin-O'Hare Expressway

Elgin-O'Hare Expressway

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Elgin-O'Hare Expressway

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The Elgin-O'Hare Expressway is an Interstate-standard freeway in north-east Illinois, United States. Contrary to its given name, the expressway does not enter either Elgin or O'Hare International Airport, giving it a somewhat infamous reputation as a "road to nowhere". However, the expressway does connect existing local roads from Elgin to O'Hare Airport, and plans are underway to extend the expressway eastward to the edge of O'Hare. It currently connects U.S. Route 20 (Lake Street) in Hanover Park to the intersection of itself, Illinois Route 53 (Rohlwing Road) and Thorndale Avenue in Itasca. The only other towns it borders are Schaumburg and Roselle. The Elgin-O'Hare Expressway is long.

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The Elgin-O'Hare Expressway is a six-lane freeway located about 5 to 7 miles (8 to 11 km) to the south of Interstate 90, which it parallels. From U.S. 20, the highway travels over a half mile (.8 km) long bridge over the Metra Milwaukee District West Line tracks, and some wetlands. The freeway then enters Cook County from DuPage County and intersects Illinois Route 19 (Irving Park Road). At Meacham Road, the freeway enters back south into DuPage County.

The expressway is unusual in that both its termini have traffic signals with major arterial roads in the area. This arrangement causes large backups during weekday rush hours. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, average daily traffic counts...
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