Illinois Drainage Law Related to Highways and Adjacent Landowners

The purpose of this document is to inform landowners, highway authorities, and other interested parties about general legal principles related to drainage and drainage improvements. This may allow them to recognize situations where their legal rights have been compromised or where their actions may jeopardize the legal rights of others. The scope of this document is generally limited to Illinois common and statutory drainage law. Some federal laws are discussed where they have a significant impact on drainage issues in Illinois. Likewise, a small number of case precedents from outside of Illinois are discussed where they may have an impact on drainage issues in Illinois. The scope of this document also is generally limited to drainage topics that are related in some manner to highway drainage, those that may impact highway drainage or design, or that fall under the regulatory umbrella of the Illinois Department of Transportation.  

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  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    205 North Mathews Avenue
    Urbana, IL  United States  61801-2352

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    Bureau of Materials and Physical Research
    126 East Ash Street
    Springfield, IL  United States  62704-4766

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Schmidt, Arthur R
    • Wang, Kexuan
    • William, Reshmina
  • Publication Date: 2014-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Glossary; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 57p

Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Drainage; Highways; Landowners; Laws
  • Geographic Terms: Illinois
  • Subject Areas: Highways; Hydraulics and Hydrology; Law; I10: Economics and Administration; I26: Water Run-off - Freeze-thaw;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01535657
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA‐ICT‐14‐016, ICT‐14‐018, UILU‐ENG‐2014‐2020
  • Contract Numbers: R27‐SP23
  • Created Date: Aug 12 2014 4:28PM