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Stephenson County Highway Department

The mission of the Stephenson County Highway Department is to provide for the safe travel of the general public on county-maintained highways, assist in providing for the public safety of the citizens and the visitors in Stephenson County and assist in economic development by preserving and improving the existing county infrastructure, including county highways, bridges, highway department equipment and public properties.

The Stephenson County Highway Department is responsible for the maintenance of 210 miles of highways. Some of the major activities that we accomplish are

  • Snow and ice control
  • Patching
  • Resurfacing
  • Culvert repair and replacement
  • Ditch cleaning
  • Weed control

In addition to the maintenance activities, the County Highway Department also oversees all of the planning, engineering and construction activities that take place on the county and township highway systems in Stephenson County. Also the County Highway Department oversees and administers the state and federal funding that comes into Stephenson County for use on county and/or township highways.

The Stephenson County Highway Department has been in existence for almost 100 years and has gone through many changes in that time. We have gone from dirt roads that saw mainly horse and wagons to paved highways carrying 80,000-lb. trucks, from a staff of approximately 300 employees at one time to a current staff of 19 employees. In that time, there have only been seven county engineers or as they were previously called, county superintendent of highways. Most notably of the seven were a father/son duo, Oscar and George Hively. Between these two county superintendents, they served the citizens of Stephenson County for approximately 50 years or half of the total years of the existence of the County Highway Department.



Spring Road Postings

Stephenson County will begin installing signs on February 22nd and 23rd for the spring weight limits on County Roads and will begin enforcement on

Monday, February 26, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the Highway Dept. at 815-235-7497

Click here for a list of Road Closures


The Stephenson County Highway Department has developed a Pavement Management Plan that outlines nearly $18 M dollars’ worth of improvements that are needed to maintain the county highway system over the next several years. Using a combination of federal funds, motor fuel tax funds and local funds, the Highway Department plans on spending approximately $750,000 per year over the next six years to preserve over one hundred miles of the existing county highway system. Please see the attached plan. Feel free to contact the County Highway Department for questions on the program.



Dale Rasmussen, P.E., P.L.S.
County Engineer

Stephenson County Highway Department
295 W. Lamm Rd.
Freeport, IL 61032
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

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