The Orland Township Highway Department maintains and services the roads, bridges, and road right of ways in unincorporated Orland Township, keeping them safe and accessible. This includes repair and construction of streets, storm sewers, sidewalks, curbs and street signs. We also are responsible for snow removal, street sweeping, street lighting, right of way mowing and culvert replacement.

YonkerRT2Message from Highway Commissioner Brian Younker

Orland Township’s unincorporated infrastructure is monitored, maintained, repaired, cleared and upgraded on a daily basis. All this is done on average for less than $24 per household per year. As your Highway Commissioner, it has been my goal to work with the community and for our agency to be efficient and responsible.

Improving the safety and overall appearance of our community is a cooperative effort between residents and government. Very positive changes occur when we work together. Please help make Orland Township a community to be proud of by reporting illegal dumping, street light outages, potholes, or broken or missing street signs to the Highway Department Maintenance Facility.

Highway Commissioner
Brian Younker

Orland Township Highway Department
16125 S. Wolf Road
Orland Park, IL 60467
Telephone: (708) 403-5148
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Monday through Friday (closed Saturday & Sunday)

Highway Department Budget Information
Employees: Three Full-time
Annual Budget: $1,083,014

Residents seeking more information than that provided here may consider filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with Orland Township Highway Department.

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT SERVICES- Click on the titles below for more information

Repairs, maintenance, resurfacing and rehabilitation of the Township road district’s street system infrastructure require an ongoing management program to identify and prevent premature failure of the pavement base and surface. Last year’s maintenance and repair activities included asphalt patching, pothole repair, sweeping, shoulder grading, and crack sealing.

Planning to Dig? Call Julie first at 811 or 1-800-892-0123

Repairs, removals, additions and enhancements of signs and pavement markings are generated by verbal and written requests from residents, police reports, and township road district staff. If you know of a street in the unincorporated area that is missing a sign, call the Orland Township Highway Department at 708-403-5148. Also, if there is a street light out in the unincorporated area please report it to the highway department as soon as possible.

Orland Township Highway Department easements (the area between curb and sidewalk) are to be used only for the placement of utilities, fire hydrants, and United States Post Office approved mailboxes. Basketball hoops are not permitted.

When a property is damaged because of sewer repair or culvert replacement, the minimal time before restoration begins is approximately three months. This time is needed to allow the ground to settle and fill the voids created by excavating. Weather has a bearing on how fast the ground will settle.

As the temperature rises, so does the outside activity of children.

Please observe all speed limit and caution signs. To report vehicles exceeding posted limits, call the Cook County Sheriff’s Police at 708-865-4700.

The Cook County Building and Zoning Department requires a permit and drawings for flat work (drives, patios, walks, etc.) that affect surface drainage and /or modifications to site topography that affect surface drainage. See www.cookcountygov.com. for more details.

Picture the grime of city streets — oil, grease and soot from cars and trucks, pet waste, trash and litter, sediment and debris from construction sites, and a mix of toxic chemicals. Now picture the same streets after a rainstorm. They look cleaner, right? Sure, but the debris and contaminants haven’t just disappeared — they’ve been swept through street drains and underground pipes then washed directly into nearby rivers, lakes and streams.

Wherever humans have paved or built over the natural world, dirty rainwater tends to run straight into our waterways, contaminating the water, destroying habitat and damaging property. Known as urban runoff this type of pollution can have serious consequences, from fouling drinking water to closing beaches and poisoning shellfish beds. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency now considers urban runoff and pollution from diffuse sources the greatest contaminant threat to our nation’s waters. The good news is that there are a number of proven solutions that towns and cities can use to reduce runoff pollution.

Washing your car and degreasing auto parts at home can send detergents and other contaminants through the storm sewer system. Dumping automotive fluids into storm drains has the same result as dumping the materials directly into a waterbody.

Use a commercial car wash that treats or recycles its wastewater, or wash your car on the grass so the water infiltrates into the ground.

Repair leaks and dispose of used auto fluids and batteries at designated drop-off or recycling locations.

Pet waste can be a major source of bacteria and excess nutrients in local waters.

When walking your pet, remember to pick up the waste and dispose of it properly. Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into the storm drain and eventually into local waterbodies.

Debris such as plastic bags, six pack rings, bottles and cigarette butts — washed into waterbodies can choke, suffocate, or disable aquatic life like ducks, fish, turtles, and birds.

Dispose of trash and litter in an approved receptacle.

Erosion controls that aren’t maintained can cause excessive amounts of sediment and debris to be carried into the storm water system

Divert storm water away from disturbed or exposed areas of the construction site.

Install silt fences, vehicle mud removal areas, vegetative cover, and other sediments and erosion controls and properly maintain them, especially after rainstorms.

Prevent soil erosion by minimizing disturbed areas during construction projects, and seed and mulch bare areas as soon as possible

Excess fertilizers and pesticides applied to lawns and gardens wash off and pollute streams.
Don’t overwater your lawn. Consider using a soaker hose instead of a sprinkler.

Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly; use organic mulch or safer pest control methods whenever possible.

Compost or mulch yard waste. Cover piles of dirt or mulch being used in landscaping projects.

Leaking and poorly maintained septic systems release nutrients and pathogens (bacteria and viruses) that can be picked up by storm water and discharged into nearby water bodies. Pathogens can cause public health problems and environmental concerns.

Have your septic system inspected by a professional at least every 3 years and pump your tank as necessary (every 3 to 5 years).

Don’t dispose of household hazardous waste in sinks or toilets.

By practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep common pollutants like automotive fluids, pet waste, trash, and pesticides off the ground and out of storm water. Adopt these healthy household habits and help protect lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands and coastal waters. Remember to share the habits with your neighbor