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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.

 

 

 

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Chris L. Isbell

Chris L. Isbell
County Engineer
815-235-7497
stcohwy@co.stephenson.il.us

Stephenson County Highway Department
295 W. Lamm Rd.
Freeport, IL 61032
815-235-7497
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

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