Public Works - Streets and Alleys Division

The Streets and Alleys Division has five main responsibilities: Alley Grading Program, Street Sweeping, Leaf Collection, Voluntary/Mandatory Sidewalk Program, Roadway Maintenance, and Landscape Maintenance.

Many of the more heavily used roads in Skokie such as Crawford Avenue, McCormick Boulevard, Old Orchard Road and Skokie Boulevard are not under Skokie's jurisdiction.  Click here to view a chart showing the jurisdictions of various Skokie roadways.

Alley Grading Program
The Streets and Alleys Division maintains approximately 70 miles of alleys each year. Weather permitting, this maintenance occurs between April and mid-October. Crushed stoned alleys are graded approximately every two years. Alleys are prioritized according to their condition. The alley grading process includes cleaning the entire 16 foot right-of-way of grass and weeds, leveling any existing depressions throughout, and evaluating the alley's need for new stone.

For questions regarding alley grading, contact the Public Works Department at 847/933-8427.

Roadway Maintenance
The Streets and Alleys Division maintains approximately 170 miles of streets within the Village.  There are two types of materials used for roadway repairs.  The first is a cold mix product which is used for temporary and winter repairs. The second is hot mix asphalt which is a more permanent type of repair. The hot mix asphalt repairs are only done during the summer months when the material is available for street resurfacing and street paving. Learn more about this by visiting the Engineering Division webpage.

To report pot holes in the roadway, please call 847/933-8427.

Street Sweeping Program
The Village street sweeping program begins in March and runs through mid December (weather permitting). The street sweeping program is an integral part of the Streets & Alleys Division and provides several benefits to the Village. It is the collection and removal of dirt and debris from Village streets and curbs for aesthetics purposes.  In addition street sweeping helps reduce debris entering the storm drainage system as well as reduce pavement damage. The Village also sweeps concrete alleys once per month, time and operational needs permitting.

The Villages uses four mechanical street sweepers Monday through Friday on staggered schedules ranging from 3 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Public Works Department makes every effort to sweep single family residential streets every 5 to 7 days; multi-family residential areas are swept monthly; and concrete alleys, depending on operational needs are swept on a monthly basis. Delays sometimes occur due to inclement weather, equipment repairs and holidays.

Residential streets are divided in 4 sections, with 1 street sweeper assigned to each section. It takes approximately 5 to 7 days to sweep each section. It is difficult to determine exactly when a particular street or concrete alley will be swept due to external factors or weather uncertainties that influence the schedule.

Multi-family residential areas are cleaned monthly, beginning the first full week of the month on Wednesday and Thursday, except in the month of November.  Sweeping occurs on one side of the street on the first day, with the alternate side swept on the next day. The days and times of the street sweeping will be posted on parkways with temporary signs 36 to 48 hours before cleaning. To ensure that street sweeping is effective, multi-family areas residents must remove parked vehicles from the street during scheduled street sweeping days. Vehicles not moved from multi-family areas by 9 a.m. will be ticketed.

Leaf Collection
The Village leaf collection service normally begins in mid-October and runs through mid-December. The program provides residents with an alternate way to dispose of their leaves. Residents who do not mulch may simply rake leaves into the street, next to the curb line in front of your residence. Village crews will collect loose leaves from the street. Caution should be exercised so that leaves are not raked into sewer inlets or in front of fire hydrants. Do not rake twigs, branches, sticks, rocks, bottles, garden debris, etc. with the leaves, as such items may cause the equipment to break down. It is suggested that residents wet down any loose leaf piles to keep them for blowing away. Avoid parking your car in front of a large leaf pile if possible and when raking, please try not to pile leaves where vehicles are parked. It is difficult for the crew's to work around parked cars.

The Public Works Department makes every effort to complete one cycle through the Village every 5 to 7 working days. Due to the volume of leaves being encountered and weather uncertainties, it is impossible for the Village to guarantee leaf collection on a specific day. During the yardwaste collection season (April 15 through October 15), residents can place their leaves in a biodegradable yard waste bag for pickup.  

Please call 847/933-8427 for landscaping pick-up.

Village of Skokie Adopt-A-Highway Program
The Village continues to look for community groups and organizations willing to "adopt" a stretch of Skokie's main streets.  The Village will erect signs at each end of the adopted section of roadway to acknowledge each participating group's contributions to the community.

Scout groups, churches & synagogues, service organizations, businesses, school clubs and other community groups are encouraged to consider participating in this important litter abatement program.  They can apply to clean up preferred sections of roadway.  Each participating group maintains a stretch of parkway from 1/2" mile up to 2 miles in length and agree to collect litter on that stretch at least twice per year.  The program is for litter abatement only and there are no landscaping responsibilities involved.

The Village provides the group with the appropriate safety gear, collection tools, traffic control signage and the collection bags.  The Village collects the debris picked up the day after the event.  The Village also explains the safety guidelines to a designated group coordinator before participation in the clean-up effort.

If your group would like to participate or you would like more information on the program, call Public Works Department at 847/933-8427.