The Streets Section maintains and repairs 160 center-line miles of streets, which equates to over 400 lane miles. Additionally, this section manages street drainage systems, sidewalks, and bridges. Responsibilities also include street sweeping, crack sealing, pothole repair and minor asphalt and concrete replacement.
For additional information regarding the Streets Section please review the topics below or contact the Streets Section staff.
The City’s Public Works Department is responsible for the roadway maintenance and approximately 3,500 curb miles including the street sweeping program. The street sweeping activities typically take place from late March through November, depending upon weather conditions. The street sweeping program comprises of three levels of service, (a) curbed roadways – once a month; (b) non-curbed roadways and City owned parking lots- 2 cycles per year; and (c) the Central and Ravinia Business Districts roadways – once a week. Additional street sweeping services are performed as needed, either contractually or by City staff.
It is illegal to dump leaves, grass clippings and other debris onto City streets or inlets or into storm drainage system or into ravines or bluffs. Individuals are also reminded to clear leaves from gutters and to dispose of all collected leaves in disposable bags. Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) provides composting service and landscape waste program that runs from April 1 to December 15 each year. Service is provided on the same day as refuse and recycling collection. For additional information, please contact LRS
customer service line at 773.685.8811 or email Info@LRSrecycles.com
Please remember the street drains are meant to collect only rainwater. If you need additional information on street sweeping program or need to report a street to be swept, please call the Street Foreman, Randy Abbott, at 847.926.1147.
The City of Highland Park Public Works Department Streets Section is responsible for repairing most potholes within the city. You may report potholes contacting the street foreman at Public Works. The number is 847.432.0807 or 847.926.1178. If for whatever reason the location is not maintained by Highland Park, we will contact IDOT or whomever it belongs to and make sure the repairs get completed.
STREETLIGHT OUTAGES AND MAINTENANCE
Ownership Most streetlights in the City are owned by Commonwealth Edison. The City does own some streetlights, mainly in the Central and Ravinia Business Districts. Additionally, private individuals also own some streetlights, especially those of a more decorative nature that may be found in some subdivisions. Streetlight problems can be reported to the Public Works Department. If the light is not City-maintained, the City will forward the service request to the proper owner.
Reporting Outages If you have noticed a streetlight that is out, dim or blinking, please report it to the Public Works Department at 847.432.0807.
The following information is useful to identify a specific light:
- Address where the light is positioned over the road.
- Side of the street the light is on.
- Occasionally, a pole number can be seen at eye level and usually is a combination of letters and numbers.
- Please leave your name and daytime phone number so we may call with questions if necessary.
Once a report has been made, the City will determine who owns the light. If it is a City-owned light, efforts to repair the light within 48 hours are made. If it is a ComEd streetlight, the City will notify ComEd of the problem and they are responsible for getting the light repaired. If you are aware that a streetlight is owned by ComEd, you may wish to report the outage directly to ComEd.
For more information, please contact the Street Foreman at 847.432.0807.
SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL
The Public Works Department offers the following FAQ’s in preparation for the winter season. Timely response and effective execution in anticipation of variable weather conditions are essential for an efficient snow removal plan. Online weather data and Lake County Passage CCTV information are constantly monitored to determine the impact of storms including scheduling personnel and availability of equipment. This advance information assists the Department to prepare an effective plan for snow removal operations. The Public Works Department works closely with the Public Safety personnel to identify specific salting or plowing needs.
The City of Highland Park reminds residents that it is a violation to remove snow from one parcel of property and deposit it onto another, including the adjacent public parkway, without consent of the property owner. Some snow removal companies push snow from one property, across public streets, and onto the parkway on the opposite side of the street. Depositing snow in this manner can damage property, create a nuisance, and hamper sight lines from adjacent properties. The City code does provide an exemption to allow plow operators to deposit snow on the City parkway located immediately adjacent to and on the same side of the street as the property from which the snow is being removed.
Property owners should inform their snow removal companies of the Snow Removal Ordinance provisions. Snow plow operations observed improperly depositing snow in violation of the ordinance will be cited; however, residents are ultimately responsible for compliance and may also be cited. Please see the graphic below as a guide to properly remove snow from your driveway, and contact the Public Works Department at 847.432.0807 for more information.
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DRIVEWAY/SIDEWALK OWNERSHIP AND RESPOSIBILITIES
Pursuant to Sec 93.255 of the City Code: The owner of the property served by a driveway approach shall maintain the driveway approach, and those portions of the public curb, parkway, and public sidewalk over which the driveway approach crosses, in good repair, free from obstructions and openings, clear of snow and ice, and in a safe condition for pedestrian and vehicular travel.
Please the City Code for more information.
WINTER STREET PARKING
By City Code, residents may park on streets except between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., from December 1 through March 31. However, to permit City plows to most effectively clear City streets, it is recommended that residents avoid parking on the street during any significant snowfall until after the department has completed its snow removal operations.
CITIES RESPONSE TO SNOW PLOWING
The City maintains contact with both a local weather forecasting service and a modem-accessed weather radar system. This combination forewarns the department of storms so that employees can be either on-site or prepared to respond before the storm arrives. Public safety personnel work closely with the Public Works Department to identify specific salting needs.
While the answer is weather-influenced, under normal conditions all streets are plowed at least once within the first six hours of a three-inch snowfall. It is important to note that initial operations are staged simultaneously throughout the City, and that plows may need to make multiple passes along streets to move snow to the curb. Depending on a storm’s magnitude, response time will vary. Regardless, snow removal will continue until all streets are passable and all parking areas have been cleared.