LSD travelers grapple with blizzard conditions

February 1, 2011 10:43:09 PM PST
Both directions of Lake Shore Drive remain temporarily closed due to poor traffic conditions, multiple accidents and stuck vehicles, including some buses.

These immobile vehicles are mostly in the northbound lanes around Fullerton Ave.

Earlier on Tuesday, efforts to make it home on Lake Shore Drive was an extraordinary journey for many.

"I have been in traffic since 3 o'clock. I took 55 to Lake Shore. It is ridiculous out here," said stranded driver Tamra Kay.

Antonio Fernandez is a new dad who was trying to get his newborn home from the hospital.

"We have been stuck for 2-and-a-half hours," Fernandez said.

The city's Office of Emergency Management closed Lake Shore Drive about 8 p.m. from Hollywood south to near 67th street.

The city is trying to get cars off the drive so they can clear the snow.

"People have been broke down, batteries dying. I'm go to back to pick them up and take them somewhere warm, make sure they're out of the of traffic," said Sylvester Richardson with Go-Go Towing.

Conditions quickly deteriorated along Lake Shore Drive. Winds whipped the snow across the drive and as more snow came down, more snow was in the way of motorists and snowplows.

"Even with all of these trucks, snow that falls at predicted rate will quickly cover the pavement and slow traffic," said Thomas Byrne with the City's Street and Sanitation Department. "So our trucks will be out there during the storm, doing the best job they can, but realize in these type of conditions traffic will slow and visibility will be limited."

Some motorists have abandoned cars and boarded several CTA buses that also remain stuck. The City asks that all motorists who are stuck remain in their cars and not abandon vehicles, as this further hampers the clearing process.

Motorists who have left vehicles should call 311 to recover their relocated vehicles.