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District 3 Highway Permit Applications

HIGHWAY PERMIT

A permit is required when working within the right of way of an Interstate, U.S., State highway, or State maintained route. A permit must be obtained prior to the start of any work and a copy of the approved permit must be at the worksite at all times. There are two types of permits for work within State right of way:

  • Highway Permit – All non-utility companies (municipalities, residential, commercial, agricultural, etc.)
  • Utility Permit – Utility Companies
The permit information and forms available on this page are designed for use within Region 2, District 3, which includes the counties of Bureau, DeKalb, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, LaSalle, Livingston, Kankakee, and Kendall. (Boundaries Map)

A letter of request for Highway Permit should be made to the District 3 office, and shall include a description of proposed work, location map, detailed drawings, traffic studies, traffic control plan, and any other pertinent information. Submit 2 copies of the Permit request along with required attachments to the District 3 office for approval and processing. The Department will supply the permittee with a Highway Permit for execution, and also if required, a bond and resolution.

Downloadable Highway Permits and Related Material

The files are available in Microsoft Word format. The Word documents are set up with form fields; you should be able to tab through the fields and fill in much of the required data via your PC before printing and signing.

Traffic Control Authorization Request OPER 725 Used to inform IDOT of project start date, location, emergency telephone numbers and the traffic control standards being used.

Highway Permits and Related Reference Material:

Contact Information
District 3 Contact Information (Highway/Permits Related)

Developer/Consultant Responsibilities for Access to Developments on State Highways
Instructions for developers and consultants on processing highway permits with District 3

Handbook for the Policy on Permits for Access Driveways to State Highways
Access to State Highway’s Policy; May 1, 1990

Accommodation of Utilities on Right-of-Way – Rule, Title 92
http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/092/09200530sections.html

Urban and Rural District 3 CADD
Details for Commercial and Non-Commercial Entrances

District 3 FTP Site
Instructions on accessing District 3 CADD details, special provisions, etc.

District 3 Commonly Used Special Provisions for permits
Special Provision for Open Cutting Pavement

Design Criteria Checklist (BDE 31-8)
http://www.dot.il.gov/forms/bde 31-8.docx

BDE Chapter 36 (Intersections)
http://www.dot.il.gov/desenv/bdemanual.html

Urban Pavement Markings
District 3 Urban Pavement Marking Details

Work Zone Safety and Mobility Rule
http://www.dot.il.gov/illinoisSHSP/workzonesafety.html Safety Engineering Policy 3-07 complies with the updated Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) work zone regulations at 23 CFR 630 Subpart J. The policy intent is to address safety and mobility issues starting early in project development and continuing through project completion. The goals are focused both on reducing fatal and serious injury crashes in work zones, coupled with minimizing work zone delays for motorists. The policy was developed in coordination with FHWA, affected IDOT Bureaus and Districts, and local agency representatives.

District 3 Work Zone Mobility Policy
List of Significant Route Locations in District 3 along with permitted Lane Closures Map/List

Current IDOT Highway Standards 
http://www.dot.il.gov/desenv/hwystds/HwyStndIndex.html

MUTCD (National Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) Guide
http://www.dot.il.gov/mutcd/utcdmanual.htmlml

The Quality Standard for Work Zone Traffic Control Devices
http://www.dot.il.gov/workzone/controldevices.html

Guide to what is allowable when the permit application is submitted to our office. This guide is to help determine what is appropriate when it comes to placing utilities on the right-of-way. The most common requests come from private placement of utilities, municipalities, or utility company requests to do work on state property..

Safety Engineering Policy 3-07 complies with the updated Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) work zone regulations at 23 CFR 630 Subpart J. The policy intent is to address safety and mobility issues starting early in project development and continuing through project completion. The goals are focused both on reducing fatal and serious injury crashes in work zones, coupled with minimizing work zone delays for motorists. This policy was developed in coordination with FHWA, affected IDOT Bureaus and Districts, and local agency representatives.

JULIE
http://www.illinois1call.com/

Illinois law requires all persons digging, regardless of the depth of the project, to call JULIE at 1-800-892-0123 at least 48 hours (two working days) prior to the start of excavation and to begin that excavation project within 14 calendar days from calling JULIE. (The 48 hour notice does not include Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.) Failure to contact JULIE prior to excavation in accordance with the law can carry penalties from $200 up to $5,000 for each separate offense. The Illinois Commerce Commission is the enforcement body for the law, not JULIE.

JULIE Enforcement
http://www.icc.illinois.gov/julie/enforcementprocess.aspx

On July 27th, 2001, Governor Ryan signed House Bill 2138 (Public Act 92-0179) revising the Illinois Underground Utility Facilities Damage Prevention Act. The Act outlines the responsibilities of underground of utility facility operators and excavators with regard to notifying the State-Wide One-Call Notice System (otherwise known as "JULIE"), marking the underground utility facilities, and excavating near utility facilities. One of the revisions to the Act was to make the Illinois Commerce Commission responsible for enforcement of violations of the Act.

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