Public Works Department

The Village is responsible for over 40 miles of roadway. Cleaning the roadways of snow and ice can take up to six hours once the snow has stopped falling. Parking on the roadways after an accumulation of one inch or more is prohibited by Village Code. Village Code also prohibits privately contracted services from depositing snow into the streets. Snow plows will leave some snow at the end of the driveways and it is the resident’s responsibility to clear this snow. For more information, contact the Village of Lincolnshire Public Works Department at 847-913-2380. To view the Village Snow Plow routes, click here.

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Winter Road Responsibilities
Lincolnshire Public Works Department has been busy preparing equipment, training drivers, and planning snow removal response efforts for the upcoming winter season.

When you are driving in snow and icy conditions, you will be sharing the road with County, State, and Village snow plows. The information below details winter road maintenance responsibilities: 

  1. Village residential and corporate streets – Lincolnshire Public Works Department. If you have a concern regarding a Village maintained road please contact the Public Works Department at 847-913-2380 or by email.
  2. Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) - Responsibilities include Route 22 (Half Day Road) and Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue). If you have a concern regarding one of these two roads, please contact IDOT at 847-244-0034 or by email.
  3. Lake County Department of Transportation - Responsibilities include Riverwoods Road, Aptakisic Road, Duffy Lane, and Everett Road. If you have a concern regarding one of these roads, please contact Lake County at 847-377-7400 or by email.
  4. Illinois Tollway Authority – Responsibilities include Interstate 94 and ramps from IL 22 to and from Interstate 94. If you have a concern regarding one of these roads, please contact the Illinois Tollway at *999.

Bike Path Snow Removal Policy
It is the Villages policy to provide snow removal to paths identified as critical transportation corridors for safe travel to schools and commerce areas within 48 hours after roadway snow removal operations are completed. Other connector and neighborhood paths will be addressed within 72 hours after roadway snow removal operations are complete. It is not the Village’s policy to plow internal paths located within Village parks. The Village does not apply salt to pathways; use caution when traveling on the paths.

Mailbox Damage
The Public Works Department makes every effort to avoid damage to any property. If it is found that a residential mailbox is damaged by Public Works, the Public Works Department will repair any damage in a timely manner. The Public Works Department stocks a 4 X 4 solid cedar mailbox post with a standard metal black mailbox. If a mailbox is damaged by Public Works for any reason, we will contact the homeowner and inform them of our policy and give them a choice of our cedar post/standard box replacement OR a reimbursement of the cost of up to $100.00. The resident will need to furnish receipts to the Village prior to the reimbursement. Public Works will only perform installation of the stock cedar post/mailbox. No repairs will be made to damage to any unusual mailboxes not allowed or grandfathered in per Village Code Section 8-3-11.

For damages caused by snow removal operations during normal business hours, please contact Emily Land, administrative assistant, at 847-913-2380.

Village Anti-Icing Procedures
While roads have traditionally been de-iced using rock salt, the Village utilizes an anti-icing liquid which is more effective, provides a longer response time, and has cut down on rock salt usage by 30%. The organic compounds the Village uses in its liquids help to reduce the environmental issues connected with salts and have longer residual effects when spread on roadways. When wintry weather is predicted, the Public Works Department will initiate anti-icing operations 12-24 hours prior to the predicted start of an event during normal business hours. This operation consists of applying a combination of salt brine, a liquid agricultural product, and liquid calcium chloride to the pavement throughout the highest traffic areas in the Village.

Ways to Protect Your Home

Clearance of Fire Hydrants
There are 800 fire hydrants in the Village. It is difficult for Public Works personnel to locate and shovel out each of these fire hydrants when snow accumulates. Please help clear the snow around the fire hydrants in your areas. This will help the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District locate them quickly in the event of an emergency.

Protect Water Lines from Freezing 

  • Keep home temperatures no lower than 55 °F.
  • In extreme cold, allow cold water to drip through faucets.
  • Open cabinets and closets containing water lines to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.Frozen Pipes
  • Consider installing pipe insulation.
  • Periodically check pipe insulation.