McHenry County Adopt-A-Highway Program
The McHenry County Adopt-A-Highway Program is a volunteer effort to eliminate litter along sections of County Roads. The Adopt-A-Highway Program started in McHenry County in 1995. Our goal is to have all roads adopted. Volunteer groups adopt a one-half mile to two mile section of highway for a two year period. A minimum of four trash collections are required per year.
Benefits to participating in the Adopt-A-Highway Program
● Your organization can gain recognition from thousands of potential customers or new members driving by your sign every day on McHenry County’s busiest highways 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
● Visitors and residents will see your organization’s name supporting an important environmental issue.
● Provides a clean environment, gives civic pride to the community, serves as a reminder not to litter and saves tax-payers money
● Receive badges or credit for volunteering from your scouting, school, church or other civic group!
- Adopt-A-Highway Brochure [PDF]
- Adopt-A-Highway Application Form [PDF]
- Adopt-A-Highway Available Roads [PDF]
- Adopt-A-Highway Map [PDF]
- Adopt-A-Highway Box Content and Flag Instructions [PDF]
- 2016 Volunteer Appreciation [PDF]
Any sign you see like above with "YOUR GROUP NAME HERE" is available for adoption.
For more information about the Adopt-A-Highway Program
or questions feel free to contact:
Phone number: (815) 334-4970
Adopt-A-Highway Training Video
For Assistance with an Illinois Department Transportation Road please click here.
Getting Around Illinois Traveler Information:
Getting Around Illinois is a web-based interactive mapping site that provides the ability to search and display several sources of transportation data. You can find information on, annual average daily traffic, road construction, trucking routes, and planned road projects. Click on the image below to begin your search.
|Illinois Tollway Projects Website|
eNotifications are here for McHenry County Nondedicated Subdivision Roads. They are designed to keep you informed about news updates or future programs. On the eNotification Signup page, be sure to check the category named
MCDOT Nondedicated Sub Rds.
Original County Board Resolution NSR Road Construction Program August 2, 2016
Current NSR Maps that are now County Highways December 8, 2016
Current McHenry County Jurisdiction Listing Reflects Maps above
Petitions Submitted by Subdivisions as of December 19, 2016, for NSR Construction Program
Archived Roads Program, Presentations, and Maps can be found here
NSR Maintenance Program
McHenry County Nondedicated Subdivision Maintenance Program October 15, 2013
NSR Forms Library
Illinois Department of Transportation
Motor Fuel Tax Documentation and Reporting Requirements
Videos from Training Program
Gravel Road Part 2
Gravel Road Part 3
Pictures of Various Cracks
Quick IDOT Links
Asphalt Paving Inspection, Federal Highway Administration
This 3 part video that covers asphalt paving inspection
Part 1 Preliminary Responsibilities
Part 2 Paving Operation
Part 3 Problems
Snow and Ice Control 2002, Illinois Department of Transportation
This 6 part video that covers snow and ice control from IDOT's perspective
Part 1 Plows & Blades
Part 2 Spreaders & Spinners
Part 3 Forecasting & Chemical Application
Part 4 Pre-Storm Preparation
Part 5 Plowing Techniques
Part 6 Post-Storm Clean Up
Time Lapse Videos
Click HERE Charles at Raffel Road Roundabout Web Page
Charles J. Miller Road
- The Charles J. Miller Road Bridge was first built in 1988 by the McHenry County Division of Transportation To provide for current and future traffic demand along Miller Road, a second bridge was proposed. The new bridge, built north of the current bridge, was completed in 2013. Taking one year to complete, watch its construction from start to finish in 2.5 minutes.
Charles Road at Raffel Road Roundabout Time Lapse Video
Johnsburg Road Roundabout Construction
McHenry County's First Park And Ride Lot In Lake In The Hills
The purpose of the 105 space parking lot is to offer area residents a place where they can meet up with other people who want to carpool to areas such as the major employment centers in places like Schaumburg and Chicago. For years, areas residents have been using roadsides and shopping center parking lots to fulfill this need. This parking lot offers a free, convenient, secure, lighted location to leave vehicles while people are carpooling. The park and ride lot also offers a bike rack to accommodate those users who may want to access the park and ride lot via the shared-use path which is planned to connect the Prairie Trail parking lot near the Village of Algonquin Public Works facility to the existing shared-use path in front of the Crystal Lake Walmart at Illinois Route 31 and Rakow Road.
By encouraging carpooling, we can help ease congestion on our area roadways by getting more vehicles off of the road, which in turn helps improve air quality. The design and construction of park and ride lot were made possible by federal funds secured in partnership with McHenry County, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and the Illinois Department of Transportation. These funds paid for 100% of the design and construction costs for the park and ride lot.
Location: Route 31 and Virginia, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156 | Google Maps
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) defines a roundabout as a type of circular intersection with yield control of entering traffic, islands on the approaches, and appropriate roadway curvature to reduce vehicle speeds.
Modern roundabouts are different from rotaries and other traffic circles. For example, roundabouts are typically smaller than the large, high-speed rotaries still in use in some parts of the country. In addition, roundabouts are typically larger than neighborhood traffic circles used to calm traffic. Also, a modern roundabout will have traffic yield rather than stop. This allows more efficient traffic flow through the intersection.
How to you use a Roundabout?
On approaching a roundabout, decide as early as possible which exit you need to take and get into the correct lane. Reduce your speed. Bicyclists are vehicles and need to share the lane at intersections. Therefore, allow bicycles to enter the roadway from any bicycle lane. The law gives pedestrians the right-of-way in a crosswalk. Yield to pedestrians waiting to cross or crossing on the approach.
Upon reaching the roundabout yield line, yield to traffic circulating from the left. Watch out for traffic already on the roundabout, especially cyclists and motorcyclists. Do not enter a roundabout when an emergency vehicle is approaching on another leg; allow queues to clear in front of the emergency vehicle.
Within a roundabout, do not stop except to avoid a collision; you have the right-of-way over entering traffic. Always keep to the right of the central island and travel in a counterclockwise direction. Maintain a slow speed upon exiting the roundabout. Always indicate your exit using your right-turn signal. Watch for and yield to pedestrians waiting to cross, or crossing the exit leg.
Why Roundabouts? Do more to improve safety with less money.
In multiple studies across the United States it has been shown that all crash types have decreased with roundabout as compared to signalized intersections. A recent study completed by our neighboring state, Wisconsin, has shown a 9% decrease in total crashes. The more severe a crash is the greater chance of injury or even death. Because speeds are low in roundabouts, when crashes do occur the consequences rarely result in injuries, while at traffic signals where speeds are higher, the severity of crashes can be fatal.
Roundabouts move traffic safely through intersections with slower speeds, fewer conflict points and easy decision making. Studies from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety show roundabouts provide a 90% reduction in fatal crashes, a 76% reduction in injury crashes, a 30-40% reduction in pedestrian crashes and a 10% reduction in bicycle crashes.
The answer is ROUNDABOUTS.
For further information enclosed are further resources.
Government and State Resources
U.S Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration
Federal Highway Administration - Modern Roundabouts - A Safer Choice
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Roundabout Video
Wisconsin Department of Transportation - Interactive How to use a Roundabout
Michigan Department of Transportation - Video How to use a Roundabout
The McHenry County 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan was adopted by the County Board in March of 2014. If you have any questions about the Plan, please contact Scott Hennings, Principal Transportation Planner, at (815) 334-4985.
2040 Long Range Transportation Plan [PDF] (large)
- Introduction [PDF]
- Community Outreach [PDF]
- Goals and Objectives [PDF]
- Geography and Demographics [PDF]
- Existing and Future Travel Conditions [PDF]
- Financial Constraints [PDF]
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan [PDF]
- Transit Plan [PDF]
- Motorized Vehicle Plan [PDF]
- Appendix [PDF]
Long Range 2020 Transportation Plan