FAQs

How can I get the speed limit on my road lowered?
Different agencies have jurisdiction over different roads. If you live on a state road, contact IDOT at 815-732-6251. If you live on a township road, you must contact your road commissioner and place your request with him. The road commissioner must be the one to request a speed study be performed on a township road. If you live on a county road, you may contact and place your request for a speed study with the highway department.


Who do I call to get a “school bus stop ahead” sign by my house?
Different agencies have jurisdiction over different roads. If you live on a state road, contact IDOT at 815-732-6251. If you live on a township road, you must contact your road commissioner and place your request with him. The road commissioner must be the one to seek permission from the county engineer before any sign is installed on a township road. If you live on a county road, you may contact and place your request with the highway department. Ogle County personnel will check the sight distance at your driveway to see if a sign is warranted.


What is the legal weight limit on county roads?
The county roads are posted as follows:

Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight:  80,000 lb (Class III Truck Route)
Maximum Axle Weight:  20,000 lb
Maximum Width:  8′-6″
Maximum Length:  65′-0″
Maximum Height:  13′-6″

Road Name Location
Baileyville IL Route 26 / IL Route 72 to the Stephenson County line (Montague Road)
Chana Road IL Route 38 to IL Route 64
Daysville Road BNSF Railroad bridge to IL Route 64
Flagg Road 20th Street to IL Route 251
German Church Road Byron Nuclear Station to IL Route 72 / River Road
Lynnville Road IL Route 64 to First Street (Swenson Spreader in Lindenwood)
Montague Road IL Route 26 to Baileyville Road
Pines Road Forest Road to IL Route 2
Ridge Road Pines Road (West) to Pines Road (East)
Sterling Road Freeport Road to IL Route 26 / US Route 52

Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight:  80,000 lb (not a designated truck route)(Subject to Spring Load Limits)
Maximum Axle Weight:  20,000 lb
Maximum Width:  8′-0″
Maximum Length:  55′-0″
Maximum Height:  13′-6″

Road Name Location
Center Road IL Route 38 to Flagg Road
Daysville Road Lee County line to the BNSF Railroad bridge
Flagg Road Lee County line (Lost Nation Road) to 20th Street
Lowell Park Road Lee County line (Pilgrim Road) to Mt Morris municipal limits
Kennedy Hill Road IL Route 2 to the Winnebago County line
Kishwaukee Road IL Route 72 to the Winnbago County line (Meridian Road)
Lynnville Road First Street (Swenson Spreader) to Lindenwood Road (in Lindenwood)
Meridian Road IL Route 64 to IL Route 72
Montague Road Rock City Road to the bridge 1/2 mile west of Spielman Road
Montague Road Conger Road to Tower Road
Mt Morris Road Mt Morris municipal limits to IL Route 72
Mulford Road Lindenwood Road to the Winnebago County line (Edson Road)
Pines Road Polo municipal limits to Forest Road
Ridge Road IL Route 2 to Pines Road (West)
Ridge Road Pines Road (East) to IL Route 64
River Road Lowden State Park entrance to IL Route 72 / German Church Road
Stillman / Meridian Roads IL Route 72 to the Winnebago County line
Tower Road Byron municipal limits (Water Road) to Montague Road
Union Road IL Route 64 to Haldane Road

Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight:  73,280 lb (not a designated truck route)(Subject to Spring Load Limits)
Maximum Axle Weight:  16,000 lb
Maximum Width:  8′-0″
Maximum Length:  55′-0″
Maximum Height:  13′-6″

Road Name Location
Adeline Road IL Route 72 to Coffman Road
Bethel Road Center Road to Church Road
Brick Road German Church Road to Meridian Road
Brookville Road Milledgeville Road to Canada Road
Chana Road IL Route 64 to Brick Road
Church Road Bethel Road to Holcomb Road
Center Road Flagg Road to Bethel Road
Coffman Road Baileyville Road to Rock City Road
Eagle Point Road The Carroll County line (Brookville Road) to the Polo municipal limits
Freeport Road Sterling Road to IL Route 26/72
German Church Road IL Route 64 to the Byron nuclear station
Haldane Road IL Route 26 to Union Road
Holcomb Road Stillman Road to IL Route 251
Kilbuck Road Lindenwood Road to the Winnebago County line (Edson Road)
Lanark Road The Carroll County line to IL Route 26
Leaf River Road West Grove Road to the Leaf River south municipal limits
Leaf River Road The Leaf River north municipal limits to Stephenson County line (Montague Road)
Lindenwood Road IL Route 251 to the Dekalb County line
Lowden Road Flagg Road to Daysville Road
Milledgeville Road The Carroll County line (Brookville Road) to Maple Avenue in Polo
Mud Creek Road 150 ft east of Nancy Street in Mt Morris to IL Route 2
Pecatonica Road IL Route 72 to the Winnebago County line (Montague Road)
Penn Corner Road Lowell Park Road to Ridge Road
Rock City Road Coffman Road to the Stephenson County line (Montague Road)
Stillman Road Brick Road to IL Route 72
West Grove Road IL Route 26 to Leaf River Road
Woosung Road IL Route 26 / US Route 52 to Lowell Park Road

If you would like to request an oversize vehicle permit, you may obtain the forms on our Doing Business page.


Who do I contact if there is a problem with my road?
Public agencies have responsibility for roads on which they have jurisdictional authority. If you live on a state road, contact IDOT at 815-732-6251. If you live on a township road, you should contact your road commissioner. If you live on a county road, you may contact and place your concern with the highway department.


What is the procedure for getting a new entrance to my property?
Different agencies have jurisdiction over different roads. Each agency is responsible for their own permits. If you live on a state road, contact IDOT at 815-732-6251. If you live on a township road, you must contact your road commissioner and place your request with him. If you live on a county road, you may obtain an entrance permit request form on our Doing Business page. Ogle County Personnel will check the sight distance and drainage requirements for the location you request.


Is the highway department hiring new employees?
The Ogle County Highway Department lists any openings on our Employment Opportunities page.


My mailbox was knocked down during the snowstorm. How do I get it fixed?
Occasionally during snow plowing, wet or heavy snow from the plow may push mailboxes over. Agencies plow snow only on roads in their jurisdiction. If you live on a state road, contact IDOT at 815-732-6251. If you live on a township road, you should notify your road commissioner. If you live on a county road, you may contact the highway department and personnel will inspect the reported mailbox after the roads have been cleared of snow and ice.


When do the weeds at intersections get mowed down?
Each year the Ogle County Highway Department sprays for weeds and brush along roadsides and guardrail. Weeds under guardrail are sprayed in late spring. Weeds along roadsides are spraying early summer. In mid-fall, the roadsides are sprayed again to control brush growth. In the event some weeds pop up despite the control measures, our mowing crews cut them during their maintenance program of mowing roadside ditches.


Who is my road commissioner?
If you know which township you live in, you can look up your road commissioner on the Township Officials page. If you do not know which township you live in, you can check on your tax bill or contact the highway department.


How can my organization join the Adopt-A-Highway program?
You can view or download the Adopt-A-Highway agreement on our Doing Business page. The form includes program conditions and responsibilities as well as a safety program.


How can I contact the Highway Department?
You can contact the Ogle County Highway Department via phone, fax, email, or visit us in person. Contact information and directions to our office are located on our Office Information page.


Who do I call about building a new house?
The Ogle County Zoning Department is responsible for all building permits in unincorporated areas of Ogle County. Additionally, if a new entrance onto the road is needed, you must contact the public agency who has jurisdiction over that road. If you live on a state road, contact IDOT at 815-732-6251. If you live on a township road, you must contact your road commissioner and place your request with him. If you live on a county road, you may obtain an entrance permit request form on our Doing Business page. If you live within a municipality, you must contact your municipality.


How wide is the Right of Way on my road?
The Ogle County Highway Department maintains roadway records for Ogle County and for many of the townships. If you would like to view or receive a copy of these records, please complete a Freedom of Information Request form located on our Doing Business page.


Who do I contact about the condition of the railroad crossing near my house?
All railroad crossings are the jurisdiction of and maintained by the railroad company who owns the railroad tracks. The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) oversees all railroads in the state of Illinois and has a complaint form for railroad crossings.


What is being done about the dust on a gravel road?
Each township has difference policies. Your road commissioner can update you with the policy for the road where you live. If you know which township you live in, you can look up your road commissioner on the Township Officials page. If you do not know which township you live in, you can check on your tax bill or contact the highway department.