MCDOT Unveils Online Reporting for Road Issues
Feature Includes Explainer of Different Road Jurisdictions
WOODSTOCK, Ill. – Reporting a problem with a county highway is now as easy as visiting our website.
The McHenry County Division of Transportation’s website since spring has featured an online portal that allows motorists to report issues such as potholes, downed signs, debris and dead animal removal, and the need for increased police presence for speed limit enforcement. Visiting MCDOT’s website at www.mchenrycountydot.org and clicking on “Report a Concern” at the top of the page takes visitors directly to an online form that takes mere minutes to complete.
“The motorists we serve every day also act as our eyes and ears along our 66 county highways. MCDOT has always prided itself on its prompt response times for dealing with issues that arise with our county roads, and by making it easier to do so, we’re hoping to make our fast responses even faster,” Director of Transportation/County Engineer Joe Korpalski said.
Visitors to the form can choose an issue, and the county road in question, from a pull-down menu, and then can describe the concern and its exact location, as well as upload up to five photos of the problem.
The portal can only be used to report issues with county highways, and includes a link to a map of the highways for which MCDOT is responsible. Unfortunately, many of the reports submitted to MCDOT are for roads outside of its jurisdiction. To change this, the portal also includes a page that explains the other road jurisdictions in McHenry County, and contains contact information to report problems on state, municipal, and township roads, as well as the Illinois Tollway.
County highways are identified by five-sided blue signs with gold trim, with the words “McHenry County” above and below the highway number.
“We get complaints, especially related to winter plowing, about the condition of roads for which we aren’t responsible,” Korpalski said. “We’re hopeful that the map and the explainer help direct people to address their concerns to the right agency.”
While MCDOT encourages people to use the online reporting to help us keep our 550 lane miles the best maintained in the state, please don’t use your smart phone while you’re driving.