About Us

Engineering Division
Robert H. Balkind, PE, Commissioner


The Engineering Division’s primary mission is to oversee the design, construction and inspection of all County highway and bridge improvement capital projects. The Division works with DPW’s Highway Construction and Maintenance (HCM) Division to identify the need for improvement or maintenance projects.  For capital improvement projects, the Division programs these projects and estimates their cost. When available, the Engineering Division pursues State and Federal funding to assist the County in implementing these projects.  A list of the current engineering projects that are eligible for partial federal or state reimbursement, may be viewed on the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for our region.  The Division may assist the HCM Division in designing and inspecting maintenance projects to be constructed with in-house forces. The Division also designs and manages county-funded road and bridge improvement projects, which may be constructed using contractors.


The Archive of Engineering Projects (2014-2012) shows photos of some of the highway and bridge improvement projects completed over the past three years, under the direction of the Engineering Division. The Division is also responsible for:

  • Inspection of highway structures  (bridges and culverts);
  • Investigation and evaluations of highway safety concerns;
  • Planning and overseeing pavement and shoulder rehabilitation/resurfacing, including guide rail installations;
  • Maintenance of traffic signals and traffic signs – (21 traffic signals and approximately 14,500 traffic signs);
  • Design and oversee the annual maintenance of pavement striping for 395 centerline miles of County highways;
  • Monitoring all work done within the county right-of-way, including the issuance of Highway Work Permits for all commercial and residential driveways and utility installations. (County Highway Work Permits, Application Forms and Submission Requirements can be viewed here);
  • Reviews development plans, in conjunction with the Dept. of Planning and Development, to ensure compatibility with the County Highway system;

The Division is also responsible for providing engineering support services for the County and local agencies. The Engineering  Division has overseen the design and construction of the County’s two extremely successful rail trails, William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail and Harlem Valley Rail Trail. The Division provides assistance as requested to the Airport Division, Building Division and Park Division projects and routinely assists local governments with traffic and safety expertise.



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