Streets and Sidewalks
Jurisdiction of Streets
The ownership of a street determines who is responsible for its maintenance. Streets within the City’s corporate limits are either privately owned or owned by the City, University of Illinois, or Illinois Department of Transportation. The following links illustrate the City’s corporate limits and its jurisdiction of streets.
The City’s Adopt-a-Highway Program is available to all groups who are an established organization with an acting President and Group Coordinator. The program requires the roadways to be located within the City of Champaign and to be at least one mile in length. For more information, click on the link above, or contact the Public Works Department at 217.403.4700.
Right-of-way shall mean property owned by the City for use by the public as a means of passage; and shall include the street, alley, sidewalks, and parkway. It is intended for traffic movement, utilities, and similar public uses such as roads, clear zones for traffic safety, sidewalks and pathways for pedestrian safety, utility services above, at, and below ground, and for snow storage. A right-of-way generally extends 25 to 33 feet from the centerline of the road onto the lawn area.
During the winter season, the right-of-way behind the roadway is reserved for snow storage to expedite snow removal. This area may extend seven feet or more beyond the road edge. Landscaping in these areas is limited to topsoil and seeding only.
Rights-of-way vary in width, with most being 50 to 66 feet wide.
- Right-of-Way Occupancy Permit
- Right-of-Way Excavation Permit
- Drive Approach Permit
- Sanitary Sewer Permit
- Storm Sewer Permit
- Sidewalk Permit
- Grading and Drainage Permit
The Public Works Department responds to approximately 500 pothole patching service requests requests per year. Requests are placed via e-mail: email@example.com; phone: 217.403.4700; or by using the See-Click-Fix mobile app.
How to report outages, and information on Honorary Streets, HAWK Pedestrian Signal information, and Traffic Service Requests.