Streets Division

Street Division maintains 75 lane miles of streets and 70 miles of sidewalks in the Village, including:

  • Pothole patching
  • Concrete sidewalk and curb maintenance
  • Asphalt street patching
  • Sign maintenance
  • Street light maintenance
  • Snow and ice control operations
  • Street sweeping 

Snow and Ice Control Program

The goal of the snow and ice control program is to have all streets cleared with pavement in safe and passable conditions within eight hours following the conclusion of any snowfall event. The plan divides the Village into six separate plowing and salting routes, and within each route, streets are assigned a priority with the objective that major streets are cleared first, followed by side streets and cul-de-sac.

  • The Village plows and salts streets on a priority basis. Arterial streets such as Dundee, Sheridan and Green Bay Roads are cleared and salted first to maintain safe routes for all vehicular traffic. Side streets are cleared next, and salt is used primarily at intersections, curves and hills. The Village’s policy is to control salt usage to reduce its impact on infrastructure, equipment and the environment, while maintaining safe winter driving conditions. Cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets are prioritized last and are plowed using smaller trucks. Depending upon the amount of snowfall during an event, Village plow trucks may need to make several passes to ensure that streets are fully open, curb-to-curb.
  • Residential sidewalks are plowed only after a snowfall of three or more inches. Like street plowing, priority is given to sidewalks along major street routes, around schools and in the downtown business district. Clearing all residential sidewalks generally takes a few days to complete. The Village encourages residents to help in this effort by clearing snow from the public sidewalks around their homes.
  • Driveways are often impacted by snow removal efforts. Village crews try to clear snow curb to curb as soon after the storm as possible; however, during heavy snowfalls, plows may run as many as three or four passes to clear snow, resulting in snow being pushed across the base of driveways several times. Please consider this before you begin to clear your driveway. Also, remember to throw the snow removed from your driveway to the ‘downstream’ side (the right side of your driveway as you face the street). This reduces the impact that street plowing has on your driveway access.
  • Parking on Village streets during a snow emergency is prohibited. A snow emergency is any accumulation of two or more inches of new snow or ice in a 24-hour period. Vehicles parked on the street make it difficult for Village crews to plow and are at risk of being ticketed.
  • “Adopt” your local fire hydrant. The Village asks that residents help keep fire hydrants accessible for the Public Safety Department by clearing space around all sides of any hydrant in proximity to your home as you complete your shoveling or snow blowing. Your private contractor can help in this effort as well. Fire hydrants that are buried or blocked by piles of snow may result in the Public Safety Department not being able to locate the hydrants in a timely manner during emergency situations.


Street Sweeping Program

The purpose of street sweeping is to remove debris and organics from the Village’s streets and prevent that same material from getting into the Village’s storm water system where it can block pipe and pollute the waterways. The Public Works sweeping operation will make passes through the Village on a regular schedule, covering over 3,000 miles in a typical year.

You can assist Public Works in their efforts to keep streets clean by parking vehicles in your driveway whenever possible. Sweeper operations are most effective on unobstructed streets. In most cases, if an area is missed it is because the sweeper was obstructed from reaching the curb. If you have any questions concerning street sweeping operations, please contact the Public Works Department at (847) 835-4134.

If you have street related questions, or want to report a hazardous situation regarding a Village street or appurtenance, contact General Superintendent Don Kirk by phone at (847) 461-1154 or via e-mail at

Street Lights
The Village owned and maintained street lights are located in the following areas:

  • Downtown Business District
  • Train Station Parking Lots including parking area on the west side of Old Green Bay Road north of the station
  • Hazel Avenue Underpass
  • Skokie Heights and Skokie Ridge Subdivisions

Nearly all street lights that are the maintenance responsibility of Commonwealth Edison are mounted on wood utility poles. You can report a Com Ed light outage by phone at (800)-EDISON-1 (334-7661) or via their website.

If you are unsure of street light responsibility or would like to report a malfunctioning Village light, contact the Public Works Department at (847) 835-4111 or complete and submit the following online service request form. 

Street Signs

Directional and regulatory signs within Village right-of-ways are maintained by the Street Division with assistance from the Village’s Engineering Division. The Village maintains safe passage for motorist, cyclists and pedestrians along its roadways and sidewalks through signage that meet MUTCD regulations. If you have a street signage question or concern, please contact the Public Works Department at (847) 835-4111.

Street Light Banners
The business district street lights have been fitted to display banners that help promote and celebrate the Village, its institutions and community-wide civic events. Banners that are appropriate for display include:

  • An organization or program subsidized or sponsored by the Village
  • Identify the downtown central business district
  • Are donated by the chamber of commerce or a retailers association that promote local shopping within the Village
  • Are for significant events or institutions that are sponsored by the state or federal government and have unique ties to the Village
  • Celebrate significant anniversaries of Village businesses and community institutions in increments of 5 years starting with the 20th anniversary

No banners may be displayed for the purpose of commercial advertising or for promoting any political or social advocacy organization or political or religious message. All banners shall be approved by the Village Manager’s Office and will be installed by the Public Works Department.

If you would like to apply for the opportunity to display banners in the business district please click here for the Banner Policy and Application.