Motorists using Sheridan Road through the Northwestern University campus will encounter a detour through the month of September.

The detour route for southbound traffic from Sheridan Road.

Motorists using Sheridan Road through the Northwestern University campus will encounter a detour through the month of September.

The detour route for southbound traffic from Sheridan Road.

The reconstruction of the road, which has been proceeding in phases through the city, is now focused on the area from Foster Street to Chicago Avenue.

The two lanes of southbound traffic on Sheridan will merge into one-lane near Garrett Place. Drivers will turn off Sheridan and head west on Foster Street, then south on Sherman Avenue and east on Elgin Road and Clark Street to reconnect with Chicago Avenue, Hinman Avenue, Judson Avenue and Sheridan Road.

In addition, only one northbound lane on Sheridan will be open during the construction work.

The construction project will also affect NU shuttle bus routes.

The Sheridan/Foster and Chicago/Sheridan stops will not be available to southbound shuttles. As a substitute, riders should use the Sheridan/Noyes stop, Sherman/Simpson stop, Sherman/Emerson stop, or a new temporary stop at the southwest corner of Clark Street and Chicago Avenue.

In addition, the Arch stop will not be available to northbound shuttles.

Northwestern officials are urging commuters to plan ahead and allow extra travel time due to detour delays. When driving, try to avoid the intersection of Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue. Traffic on the detour route will be heavy and other routes may be better. Also, allow extra time to get to campus parking lots, especially at the south end of campus.

Sheridan Road construction will continue in October, moving south from the Sheridan Road/Chicago Avenue intersection to Clark Street near the John Evans Center.

More information is available online from University Services and the City of Evanston.

Related link

City construction newsletter

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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2 Comments

  1. Take Orrington, seconds count

    The detour has started today Aug 25.Who had the idea to detour  Sherman to Elgin,you have a elderly building on the corner of Sherman and Emerson,which has a visit from the ambulance twice a week.The girl that was hit buy the bus today at 5:00 was delayed four seconds cause of the traffic back to back on Sherman to Emerson.Sherman is one of the main streets for Fire trucks.Please change the sighs and take Orrington  to Emerson to Sherman before someone dies.

    1. Plenty Are

      I ride down Emerson and Sherman every day.  Trust me, plenty of people are coming down Orrington and turning right on Emerson.  There aren’t signs saying to do so.  People just do.  If you move the signs people will still take Sherman.  People will look for the optimal route and a way to beat the crowd.

      I was on Sherman when the ambulance came down the street.  When I heard it and looked back I pulled over to the side of the road and got on the sidewalk so other cars could pull over.  I was surprised how many cars just kept driving until the ambulance was barreling down on them.  That’s what gets people killed.  It has nothing to do with where the signs are and everything to do with people putting making the Emerson light over someone else’s life.

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