With 21.8 miles of roadway, approximately one-hundred streets, and untold numbers of sewers and sidewalks, Maine Township’s unincorporated area is one of the largest unincorporated areas in the entire state. The Highway Department maintains the residential streets and public right-of-way in unincorporated Maine Township. This includes repair and construction of streets, storm sewers, sidewalks, curbs, and street signs. We are also responsible for snow removal, street sweeping, and street lighting. We work closely with residents, Homeowners Associations, the Township Code Enforcement Officer, Cook County Sheriff’s police and the Neighborhood Watch Program to eliminate graffiti, garbage, and abandoned cars from our streets and sidewalks. All of this is done, on average, for less than twenty dollars per household per year. We actively pursue grants from the state and federal government to keep costs low for the local taxpayers.
1401 Redeker Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM — Mon-Fri
The Highway Department Offers free tree branch pick-up for residents of the unicorporated area. The service operates from April to September on the third Monday of each month. Learn more…
To ensure the quality of work and to protect Township residents from liability for damage to township property, a Maine Township Road District Permit is needed for any construction in the unincorporated area that might affect the public right-of-way. The township requires a bond and a certificate of insurance from the contractor. Learn more…
Interested companies can access a list of open bidding and proposal opportunities. Learn more…
The Highway Department is responsible for snow removal on all unincorporated residential streets. Our plows go out as soon as snow accumulation warrants removal, and when icy conditions call for salting streets. Please remember to adhere to the snow ban parking signs in your neighborhood. If possible, take advantage of off-street parking for more efficient snow removal. With your cooperation, our streets will be cleared in the least amount of time possible.
Six months out of the year, the Highway Department crews trim trees on public right-of-ways in the unicorporated area. If you note a tree interfering with electric lines, streetlights, or the vision of motorists, please call us and we will take care of the problem.
If your neighborhood is forming a Neighborhood Watch group in coordination with Maine Township, the Highway Department will install Neighborhood Watch signs in your area.
Helping with your Block Party
The Highway Department will put up barricades around neighborhood block parties. We will post signs on the barricades saying that the road is closed and a block party is in progress. This service is free but we will need a one week notice.
We Need Your Help
Improving the safety and overall appearance of our community is a cooperative effort between residents and government. Very positive changes occur when we work together. Please help us keep Maine Township a community to be proud of by reporting illegal dumping, street light outages, abandoned vehicles, potholes, broken or missing street signs, and dangerous curbs or sidewalks. Read more about the importance of protecting our storm sewers.