Frequently Asked Questions - Lee County Highway Department

FAQs - Lee County Highway Department

 

Public agencies have responsibility for roads on which they have jurisdictional authority.

If you live on a state road, contact IDOT at 1-815-284-2271. If you live on a township road, you should contact your township road commissioner. If you live on a county road, you may contact the Lee County Highway Department at 1-815-857-4141.

If it is an Emergency, and none of the appropriate agencies can be reached, contact the Lee County Sheriff Department at 1-815-284-6631.

 

If you know which township you live in, you can look up your road commissioner on our Township Commissioner page.

If you do not know which township you live in, you can check on your real estate tax bill or contact the Lee County Hwy Dept.

 

Different agencies have jurisdiction over different roads. If you live on a state road, contact IDOT at 1-815-284-2271.

If you live on a County road or a Township road you may obtain an entrance permit request form located on our Forms and Doing Business Page.

Either mail, fax or deliver the completed form back to Lee County Highway Department.

If your entrance request is on a township road, we will forward the request to the appropriate township commissioner.

If your entrance request is on a Lee County Highway Department road, Lee County Highway personnel will check the area for sight distance, drainage requirements, culvert diameter and length for the location given on the driveway access form request.

 

Yes, by resolution all driveway access form requests require a processing fee.

 

If Lee County Highway Department approves the driveway access request, you will be given a culvert installation design drawing showing you the proper installation details.

You may determine that you want to install the culvert yourself or that you want to hire a contractor to install the driveway.

After your driveway is installed the Lee County Highway Department will inspect your site to see if the installation was completed according to the design plan.

If everything was installed or completed according to the design plan you will be in compliance with the access form procedure.

If the installation wasn’t completed according to the design plan, you will be notified stating what part of installation was not completed correctly and you can either:

  1. Correct the problem yourself within a reasonable amount of time
  2. Instruct your contractor to correct the problem within a reasonable amount of time
  3. Instruct the Lee County Highway Department to send their personnel to your site to correct the problem and bill you for all the costs incurred to rectify the problem

 

You may purchase them from Lee County Highway Department.

 

Make all checks payable to Lee County Highway Department

 

This depends on the work load the department is experiencing at the time. We generally estimate at least a month is needed to fabricate and install the sign. This time frame can be extended, if, for example, frozen ground in the winter prevents the proper installation of a sign post.

 

Occasionally during snowplowing, wet or heavy snow coming off the plow may push mailboxes over.

Agencies plow snow only on the roads in their jurisdiction.  

If you live on a state road, contact IDOT at 1-815-284-2271.

If you live on a township road, you should contact your township road commissioner.

If you live on a county road, you may contact the Lee County Highway Dept. and personnel will inspect the reported mailbox after the roads have been cleared of snow and ice. At this time we generally install a temporary mail box until conditions allow us to install a permanent mailbox consisting of a 4x4 post and metal box.

 

Generally speaking, every winter with the cold temperatures the aggregate under the road becomes frozen, when warmer spring time temperatures arrive, thawing occurs, which in turn makes roads soft and spongy and unable to carry the heavier “Gross axle” loads that the traveling public is accustomed to during the year.

It is the intent of the Lee County Highway Department to protect the roads under their jurisdiction from severe damage that heavier “Gross axle” loads can do to the roads at that critical time during the spring thawing, therefore we install a spring “Posting” weight limit restriction sign that substantially lowers the allowable Gross weight per axle (total vehicle weight), from traveling our roadways.