Snow Operations

LCDOT Snow Season Story Map

LCDOT has a new interactive mapping tool to give residents a behind the scenes look at what goes in to our snow and ice removal operations. Find which snow plow routes you encounter on your way to work or school, see what happens during a typical snow event, and connect with resources that will help you know before you go!

Here at the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) we have been busy preparing our equipment, training our drivers, and planning our snow removal response effort for the upcoming winter season. The LCDOT snow plows went out on a dry run last week to make sure everything was operating as it should, and to make sure there were no hazards or unforeseen obstacles along the routes.

When you are driving in snow and icy conditions, you will be sharing the road with LCDOT snow plows. We hit the road before the snow starts to fall, and we run the routes in 12 hour shifts until roads have returned to normal conditions. The two most important things to remember:
  1. Slow Down
  2. Stay Back, Don't Crowd the Plow
Snow Plow
  1. Ask a Snow Plow Driver

    When you are out on the roads in bad weather, what questions do you have for the plow drivers? We are going to put together a Frequently Asked Questions series, and we want to know what questions you have! Have you ever wondered WHY they do something, or HOW they do something? Let us know and we'll "Ask A Snow Plow Driver!"

  2. Check Lake County PASSAGE

    Know before you go! Check Lake County PASSAGE for real-time, local traffic information. Through PASSAGE you can also sign up for email traffic alerts, twitter alerts, and smartphone apps.

  3. Snow Plow Facts & Figures

    LCDOT plows Lake County roads, the ones marked with the 5-sided blue and gold route markers such as Butterfield Road or Buffalo Grove Road. We do NOT plow state routes like IL Route 120 or IL Route 60. State routes are maintained by IDOT. However, for the 2016-2017 winter season, LCDOT has entered into an agreement with IDOT to assist with snow removal on US 45 from IL 60 to the Wisconsin state line, IL 21 from Adler Drive in Libertyville north to US 41, and IL 134 from US 12 to IL 120.

  4. Snow Season Story Map

    Take a look inside our winter weather operations and see how we keep the County Highway System clear and safe each winter.