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Dale Rasmussen, P.E., P.L.S.
County Engineer

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

Highway Department


The Public Works Committee of the Stephenson County Board will be accepting fuel bids until 10:00 AM on Tuesday November 2, 2021. Bids must be placed in a sealed envelope and clearly marked on the outside of the envelope as “2021 – 2024 FUEL BID “and returned to the office of the Stephenson County Highway Department.

The fuel bid is for the period of December 1, 2021 through November 30, 2024.

Gasoline and diesel fuels are to be delivered to the Stephenson Co. Highway Dept.’s pumps located at 295 Lamm Rd in Freeport, IL, and gasoline is to be delivered to the Sheriff’s Dept’s pumps located at the Stephenson County jail.

Gasoline delivered is required to be no less than .87 Octane, R+M/2, with 10% ethanol.

Diesel Fuels shall be low – sulfur un-dyed and the Biodiesel shall be no less than 7% and no more than 15% Bio product.

Unit prices do not include State and Federal taxes. The supplier will assume the responsibility for paying Federal Taxes and file for the refund.

The low bid will be determined on the total of groups one (1) through three (3) as determined by the price cap times the est. qty.

The Public Works Committee of the County Board of Stephenson County reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive technicalities, and to accept the bid that is most advantageous to Stephenson County.

The bidders, by submittal of this bid, agree to the above stated terms and agree to abide by all State and Federal regulations

The Unit Price charged SHALL be a fluctuating price with a maximum price cap per gallon for each fuel.  This is a three-year contract with an annual review of the Price Cap. The supplier may submit a new price cap before September 30 of each year for the following County fiscal year.  The County reserves the right to nullify the contract if the new Price Cap is unacceptable but must do so before October 31.

Stephenson Co. Highway Dept. reserves the right to periodically, at their discretion, compare the tank wagon prices with the selling price to ensure the differential is the same or less than the day the bids were accepted.


For the foreseeable future on  Baileyville Road South from Lamm Road to German Valley Road will be closed intermittently. It will only be accessible to local traffic. Please use alternate routes for the next few weeks. We apologize for any inconvenience.

During a routine bridge inspection, we noticed severe deterioration in the sidewall of the box culvert over Cedar Creek 0.36 miles west of Dakota Road on McConnell Road. With concurrence from the Illinois Department of Transportation Bridge Office in Springfield, we have to close the road until the culvert can be replaced.

Sorry for any inconvenience this will cause. We will program this structure for replacement as soon as possible.

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.

County Road Information

  • Map - General County Highway Map - Click Here
  • Map - Road Weight Limit Ratings - Click Here
  • Table - Road Weight Limits - Click Here
  • Spring Road Posting Notices - The Stephenson County Highway Department will be installing the Spring Load Limits Postings on Stephenson County highways on March 3-5, 2021. Enforcement of the posted load limits will begin at 7:00 AM on Monday, March 8, 2021.
  • Road Closures - Click here for a list of Road Closure - Click Here
  • Oversize/Overweight Vehicle Permit Fee Schedule - Click Here

County / Township Bridge and Culvert Weight Restrictions:

  • Map - Bridge Weight Limit Ratings - Click Here
  • Table - Road Weight Limits - Click Here

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.

The Stephenson County Highway Department has developed a Pavement Management Plan that outlines nearly $18 M dollars’ worth of improvements that are needed to maintain the county highway system over the next several years. Using a combination of federal funds, motor fuel tax funds and local funds, the Highway Department plans on spending approximately $750,000 per year over the next six years to preserve over one hundred miles of the existing county highway system. Please see the attached plan. Feel free to contact the County Highway Department for questions on the program.

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