Properly maintained roads are essential to Lake County residents, businesses, schools and emergency service providers. Numerous government agencies construct, maintain and repair roads in Lake County. If you have questions or concerns about a particular roadway, you must contact the appropriate agency. See the guide below for help.
The Lake County Division of Transportation is responsible for planning, designing, constructing and maintaining Lake County highways. These highways are identified by the 5-sided blue and gold route markers. The highway system consists of almost 300 centerline miles of arterial and collector roads and 48 miles of bike paths. A county highway is a road that meets the criteria established by state law, has been designated by the County Board and has been approved by the State.
The Division of Transportation is also responsible for more than 130 signalized intersections, 33 bridges and almost 90,000 feet of guardrail. Like state highways, Lake County highways extend through municipalities.
Click to open County Highway and Bikeway Map
Illinois Tollway I-94
The Illinois Tollway is responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of tollways in northern Illinois. I-94 or the Tri-State Tollway is an interstate highway and is the only interstate highway in Lake County.
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Municipal streets are those streets located within municipal corporate limits that are not State Highways or part of the County Highway System. Most municipal streets provide access to neighborhoods or within subdivisions. Each municipality is responsible for the construction, maintenance and repair of the streets within their municipal limits.
See a List of Municipalities in Lake County
State highways crisscross the county and make up 349 miles of arterial and collector roads. The Illinois Department of Transportation has authority over roads marked as "Illinois" routes and also roads marked as "US" routes.
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This type of sign also represents highways which the Illinois Department of Transportation has authority over.
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Township roads are those streets and roads located outside of municipalities that are not otherwise designated as state or county highways. A township highway commissioner is an elected official who is responsible for the township streets and roads that are located within the boundaries of a particular township. There are more than 430 miles of township roads and streets in the county.
See a List of Townships in Lake County