Streets

To report potential roadway obstructions such as potholes, tree limbs, dead animals, or sewer back-ups, please contact the Public Works Department.  For after hour emergencies, please contact Sterling Police Department at (815) 632-6640.

The City of Sterling holds a maintenance agreement with the State of Illinois for City streets.  The City of Sterling is responsible for all routine road maintenance within the City, including state roads.  There are no county roads or township roads in the City of Sterling.

The City of Sterling spends about $1 million per year on road projects.  City crews are responsible for installing curb and gutter as well as sidewalks on street projects.  Most funds for street projects come from the Local Option Sales Tax.

Fun Facts:
Sterling has nearly 90 centerline miles of city streets to maintain and is responsible for routine maintenance on more than 12 centerline miles of state highway in the City. 
There are 24 traffic signals that the department is responsible for as well. 
There are nearly 25 miles of alleys in the City.

Street Sweeping
The City of Sterling sweeps city streets several times annually.  The Public Works Department aims to sweep every city street four to six times throughout the year.  Typically, these sweeps are scheduled for early spring, before the Fourth of July, and during autumn when leaves tend to collect on streets.  The downtown Sterling Central Business District is usually swept once a week. 

Sidewalk 50/50 Program
The City has established a sidewalk and curb replacement program to encourage residents to make repairs to deteriorated sidewalks and curbs adjacent to their property on a 50/50 cost sharing basis.  Under this program, the City annually replaces approximately 20,000 square feet of sidewalk and approximately 1,000 linear feet of curb and gutter. Approximately 50 homeowners participate each year on a first come first serve basis. The program begins in June. Call to secure your place on the schedule.

To find out more information on Sterling’s Sidewalk 50/50 Program, click here


Street Project Map

Have you ever wondered what streets the City of Sterling Public Works Department has improved and when?  Here you will find a map of roads that have been improved since 1996.