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Malfunctioning railroad crossing gates three sites near Libertyville MettawVernHills North Chicago snarled morning commute for hundreds commuters Friday backing traffic

Malfunctioning railroad crossing gates in three sites near Libertyville, Mettawa, Vernon Hills and North Chicago snarled the morning commute for hundreds of commuters Friday, backing traffic up on Milwaukee Avenue, Route 176 and, shown here, Route 137. | Courtesy of Lake County Passage website

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Updated: January 11, 2014 5:55AM



Malfunctioning railroad crossing gates in three sites near Libertyville, Mettawa, Vernon Hills and North Chicago snarled the morning commute for hundreds of commuters Friday, backing traffic up on Milwaukee Avenue, Route 176 and Route 137.

Lake County Passage listed the affected intersections as: Route 21 north of Route 60 beginning at 6:14 a.m.; Route 176 east of Bradley Road at 6:40 a.m.; and Route 137 east of Lewis Avenue near Naval Station Great Lakes at 6:51 a.m.

Police were still trying to reroute the backed-up traffic at 8 a.m., even though Lake County Passage listed two malfunctioning gates as cleared just after 7:30 a.m.

The North Chicago malfunction, however, didn’t clear until about an hour later, according to the website.



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