Street & Roadway Plowing

Program Service Level

The Public Works Department begins salting operations as conditions dictate during normal business hours or upon notification from the Police Department after hours. Salt is applied at varying rates to all Village owned roadways, in a typical storm 200-400 pounds per lane mile. Plowing operations begin upon snow accumulation reaching 1.5 to 2 inches of snow and are generally completed within 4 to 6 hours after the snowfall ends.

For detailed overview of the Village's Snow & Ice Control program, see this presentation.

Industry/Village Standard 

The Public Works Department begins salting operations as road conditions dictate and begin plowing when snow accumulation reaches 1.5 to 2 inches. It is the Village’s goal to have streets plowed curb to curb and salted within four 4 to 6 hours after a snow fall has stopped.

Who Plows My Street?

Depending on what street you live on, the Village or another agency or business may be responsible for plowing your local street. Below is a chart of streets that the Village frequently receives questions about and who is responsible for their plowing and salting. For more detailed information, see the plowing map below.

List of Streets by Agency Responsible for Plowing (see contact details below):

Village Maintained
Streets (Examples)
Cook County 
Maintained Streets
Privately Maintained
Streets (Examples)
Anthony Trail Dundee Road Lake-Cook Road Ancient Tree Subdivsion
Cedar Lane Pfingsten Road (south of Highland and north of Maria) Landwehr Road (south of Dundee) Cobblewood Neighborhood
Cherry Lane/Church Street Shermer Road (Waukegan to Dundee and south of Willow) Sanders Road Colonnades Neighborhood
Commercial Avenue Waukegan Road Skokie Frontage (south of 1000 Skokie) Covenant Village Neighborhood
Founders Drive Willow Road Sunset Ridge Road (south of Midway) Northbrook Court Shopping Area
Happ Road   Techny Road (Pfingsten to Sanders) Northbrook Glens Neighborhood
Lee Road   Walters Avenue (Pfingsten to Sanders) The Cotswolds Neighborhood
Pfingsten Road (between Maria and Highland)      
Shermer Road (between Waukegan and Willow)
Skokie Boulevard      
Techny Road (between Founders and Pfingsten)      
Voltz Road      
Walters Avenue (between Lee and Pfingsten)      

Snow Plowing Maps and Other Resources:

  • Snow Plowing Base Map (this map identifies all streets plowed by the Village by their plowing route)
  • List of Streets Not Plowed by the Village (if you aren't sure who plows this street, use this list to determine if another agency besides the Village is. If you street is not listed, then the Village plows it.)

Reporting a Plowing or Other Snow Concern:

AgencyPhone NumberOnline Request System (if available)Notes
Village of Northbrook847-272-4711GONorthbrook (click to submit a snow-related request)For emergencies, call 9-1-1.
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)800-452-4368 (road conditions)
IDOT Web Form (click to submit a question or comment)For emergencies, call 9-1-1.
Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways708-448-8006
N/AFor emergencies, call 9-1-1.
Private StreetsContact your HOA or property manager.
For emergencies, call 9-1-1.