May 7, 2015
Looks like we are going to have to find another way to go south from our house in Spring Grove, Illinois, as Il-47 is every bit as bad as Nashville, Tennessee, rush hour, but on a much-smaller scale.
Yesterday, as we were making the last leg of our Beaches Spring trip and with thoughts of home looming, we had a traffic mess essentially from Yorkville, Illinois, to Woodstock. We did a lot of sitting in traffic.
Yorkville's stretch of Il-47 is torn up north of downtown (the southern part is finally finished and a joy to drive, even in rush hour). maybe, one of these days the northern section will be just as good, but it surely isn't now. One huge, 45-minute wait. It didn't make my day.
Then, we had a huge backup at the area where US-20, Il-72 and Il-47 come together at the Stark's Corner area. Lots of construction and long, long waits at each stoplight. I mean, L-O-N-G!!! waits. We're guessing we waited through 3-4 green lights at each light.
Then, Huntley had three straight red lights waiting for us, which caused a huge backup. Then, of course, the infamous, wait-a-long time Main Street Strangler light which formed an even longer line of traffic as we left town.
Then, there was a long wait at the Il-176 from Crystal Lake stoplight and a shorter wait at the 176 to Marengo light a half mile north.
Finally, we were surprised to find that Woodstock was actually not too bad. usually, Il-47 is backed up for a mile during rush hour.
I am planning on avoiding this road for awhile.
Maybe It Was Just a Comparative Thing. --RoadDog