When snow falls – the Township is prepared to keep our roads clear so you can safely reach your destination.

The Township Highway Department is responsible for 21.8 miles of roadway covering approximately 100 streets in the unincorporated area of Maine Township.

To keep these streets clear this winter, the Highway Department will be plowing and salting roads. While the Township will be keeping roads clear, it’s still important to remember some safe driving tips.

If driving out of town, you can check road conditions by visiting the Illinois Department of Transportation’s website at gettingaroundillinois.com. That site displays the current conditions of major interstates and local roads and indicates whether they are covered in snow or ice.

The Illinois Department of Transportation recommends to:

  • Always wear a seat belt. It’s the law in Illinois.
  • Slow down. Slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking all are required in winter driving conditions.
  • Drop it and drive. Put down the handheld devices – it, too, is the law in Illinois.
  • Don’t crowd the plow. A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.
  • Avoid using cruise control in snow and ice.
  • Watch out for black ice on roads that appear clear but can be treacherous.
  • Be especially careful approaching intersections, ramps, bridges and shady areas. All are prone to icing.
  • Do not travel during bad weather unless absolutely necessary. If you do have to make a trip, check the forecast and make sure someone is aware of your travel route. Consider taking public transportation if it is an option.
  • Prepare an emergency kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food and a first-aid kit.
  • Carry a cell phone and a car charger in case of emergency.
  • Follow Scott’s Law. Slow down and move over for stopped emergency, construction and maintenance vehicles.

Try to allow some extra time when travelling in the winter so you can safely make it to your destination.

If you have questions about local snow removal, winter parking regulations, or other questions for the Township Highway Department, you can call them at 847-297-5225 or email MTHighway@aol.com.