Thank you for visiting the Lake Forest Streets
Section. The Streets Section is located in the
Municipal Services Building. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to
and can be reached at 847-810-3572.
The Sweeper Program is in operation from
April through Thanksgiving (weather permitting.)
Sweeper Operations - Fall Leaf Collection:
Residents and/or landscape contractors, please bag your leaves and do not deposit them into the street. For proper storm water drainage to occur, inlets must be kept clear of
leaves and/or debris.
Central Business District litter containers are
emptied Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Train stations: Union
Pacific and Canadian Pacific platforms and litter containers
are cleaned and emptied weekly. Main arterials are
collected on an "as needed" basis.
The Engineering Department coordinates the annual pavement
resurfacing, sidewalk and curb programs. Please call 847-810-3551 for
issues pertaining to these programs.
The Streets Section performs general maintenance repairs. To report a pothole, please call
State Routes 41, 43, 60, and 176 are the responsibility
of Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). For
issues relating to safety and/or maintenance, please call
The Streets Section provides coordination and supervision of
contractual services for the installation, repair, maintenance, and Opticom systems of nine City-owned traffic control intersections.
The Streets Section is responsible for fabrication, installation,
maintenance and repair of 4,000 City street and regulatory signs.
The Streets Section is responsible for the maintenance and repair of
all City lights. Electric lighting mounted to most utility
poles are the responsibility of ComEd. Please call
ComEd at 1-800-Edison1.
Snow Operations - Streets:
The Streets Section has a proactive approach to snow
fighting operations through the effective use of manpower,
equipment, chemicals and technology.
Snow Plowing: The City's snow plowing
operation will commence when the accumulation of snow on
streets reaches two inches or as weather conditions warrant. All City
streets are plowed according to a master plan which assigns
first priority to major arterials. The eleven designated snow routes and three cul-de-sac
routes cover 240 lane miles of street. The goal is to
remove snow from all streets within six hours after the
conclusion of a snowfall. Should snow accumulate in
excess of three inches, the length of time to remove the
snow from the streets may increase dependent upon the
intensity and duration of the storm.
Snow Plowing - Parking Lots:
City parking lot plowing and salting are coordinated through the Parks
Section 847-810-3566. The objective is to plow and
consolidate snow in parking lots prior to 7:00 a.m., Monday
- Friday; 8:00 a.m. Saturday; and 10:00 a.m. Sunday. Snow that has been pushed into parking areas shall be
removed whenever possible within 48 hours
after the conclusion of the snowfall event.
Snow Plowing - Sidewalks:
Sidewalk plowing operations are coordinated through
the Water/Sewer Section 847-810-3570. Plowing will
commence when the accumulation of snow has reached four
inches. The objective is to plow sidewalks within a
quarter mile radius of schools and the Central Business
District by 7:00 a.m., Monday - Friday. Main arterial
and residential sidewalks will be completed within 48 hours
of the conclusion of a snow event. Snow that is
obstructing sidewalk corners will be cleared within 48 hours
after the conclusion of a snow event.
Citizen Responsibilities: Whether you
plow your own driveway or have a service, be sure that snow
from your driveway is not left on the street.
Local Ordinance: Section 40-1-1413 -
Depositing Injurious Material on Highway:
(d) No person shall shovel, plow or otherwise place snow
or cause or permit the shoveling, plowing, or placing of
snow, from a private driveway, parking lot, or other private
property upon any highway, street or sidewalk so as to
hinder, obstruct, impede or otherwise interfere in any way
with the movement of traffic upon any street, highway or
sidewalk. If said snow is not immediately moved or removed
by the owner, occupant or agent so placing it on the street,
highway or sidewalk after being advised by an authorized
official or police officer to do so, then the City may
charge the same with any expenses which may be incurred by
the City in the removal thereof. Such expenses shall be
collected by the City by suit or otherwise in addition to a
fine or penalty as set forth in this Chapter.
- $75 fine for each occurrence
- City removal costs
Mailbox Repair from Snow Plow Damage:
If it is determined that a City snowplow caused damage
to a properly placed and secure mailbox, and it is
called into the Public Works Department at 847-810-3542
within 48 hours of damage, we will:
- Repair the damage or
- Replace the post with a standard 4x4 treated pole or
- Replace the box with a standard issued Federal
regulation black box or
- Reimburse the resident up to $50.00 toward the
purchase and installation of a replacement if a receipt is
The City is not responsible for improperly placed or
insecure installations. For more information on
proper placement of mailboxes, contact 847-810-3542.
Ice Control: The City's ice control
operations will commence when hazardous conditions begin to
develop. The objective of The City's ice control operation is to
respond to icing conditions and slick roadways with
equipment and personnel sufficient to adequately control
conditions within 30 minutes during normal working hours and
within 60 minutes after normal working hours.
- Rock salt
- Salt brine
- Calcium chloride
- Blended liquid
Advantages of Pre-Wetted
- Salt must find moisture before it can begin to work. To increase
salts effectiveness, Streets Section
trucks carry liquid that is mixed with the salt prior to
- Wet salt has an oatmeal-type composition that sticks
to the pavement better. This process decreases the
amount of salt by 30%, which when in a dry state, would bounce
onto the parkway and impact turf and shrubbery. Greater amounts of salt left on the pavement increases the
salt's effectiveness in fighting snow and ice