The eastbound and westbound O'Hare extension on I-90 was at a complete standstill Tuesday morning as a result of standing water in the roadway.
The water began flooding near River Road and Mannheim Road around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning. That area of road leads to the terminals and circles the airport. Motorists were originally told the road would only be closed for about an hour. Many cars became stuck in the high water and people were forced to miss their flights. But some of the motorists exited their vehicle and walked to O'Hare Airport.
One motorist tweeted a photo to FOX 32 News of people walking to the airport with their luggage in hand and called the situation "horrible."
The roadway reopened later Tuesday morning, but traffic remained slow. Traffic officials say travel times were about five times longer than usual.
Travelers needing to get to the airport Tuesday morning were told to seek an alternate route and leave plenty of extra time. Those with flights are told to check their airlines website for the most updated list of delays and cancellations.