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Engineering & Public Works

2021 Schenectady County Hazard Mitigation Plan

The 2021 Schenectady County Hazard Mitigation Plan update is currently underway and is inclusive of the County and all eight municipalities. The Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) identifies and evaluates risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural hazards and resulting disasters. The HMP leads to the development of long-term strategies (policies and actions) for risk reduction and ensures eligibility for federal mitigation funding, a key asset in the implementation of mitigation actions that reduce risk and impacts of hazards.

Thank you in advance for your time and participation.

Public Survey

Please complete the Schenectady County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update - Public Survey in order to share information about local natural hazard events, vulnerabilities and impacts; emergency management related activities in Schenectady County; and provide feedback about how the County and it's municipalities can become more resilient to the effects of natural disasters that will be incorporated into the plan..

Thank you in advance for your time and participation.

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Stakeholder Organization Survey

The Schenectady County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update - Stakeholder Organizations Survey seeks to identify and collect information about at-risk / vulnerable community members across Schenectady County and any on-going activities that provide services and resources to these individuals and groups before, during or after natural hazard events and/or disasters.

Locating and learning more about these community members, and the organizations that interface and work with them, will inform the risks and vulnerabilities, as well as mitigation strategies (goals, objectives and actions) sections of the 2021 Schenectady County Hazard Mitigation Plan update.

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Current Projects


Rosendale Road & Old River Road Intersection Improvement Project - Public Information Meeting

Public Information Meeting

The Schenectady County Department of Engineering and Public Works held a virtual public information meeting on February 11, 2021 at 6pm to discuss a proposed highway improvement project at the intersection of Rosendale Road and Old River Road in the Town of Niskayuna.

The County is sponsoring the project to enhance transportation safety in the area, while reducing traffic delays and improving traffic flow through this intersection. All suggestions or comments provided will be considered by the project team as the project is progressed. Project construction is scheduled for 2022. The project is funded through the Federal Highway Administration, the New York State Department of Transportation and Schenectady County.

Meeting information:

Date: February 11, 2021

Time: 6pm

View a recording of the meeting: https://youtu.be/eUG_X17dwt8

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Submit Comments

For further information or to provide comments on the project please contact Paul Sheldon, Director of the Bureau of Engineering, Schenectady County Department of Engineering and Public Works, 100 Kellar Avenue, Schenectady NY 12306 or by email to paul.sheldon@schenectadycounty.com. All comments must be received by March 12, 2021. Persons who have special communication needs may contact Paul Sheldon at least 2 working days prior to the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.

Click here to download a mail in comment form

Click here to submit comments online

Rosedale Road and River Road Roundabout

The new roundabout is now open.

Rosendale Road (CR #158) in the Town of Niskayuna will be closed between State Route 7 (near Union Street) and River Road beginning Tuesday, June 2, 2020 and reopening on Monday, July 13, 2020 due to the installation of a roundabout at the intersection of River Road.  Rosendale Road between State Route 7 and River Road will be closed to through traffic at the River Road intersection, however, this section of Rosendale Road will be open to local traffic.

Nott Street Safety Improvement Project

The Nott Street Safety Improvement Project objectives include improving pedestrian and bicycle safety and mobility along the Nott Street corridor between Clifton Park Road and Balltown Road. The project improvements include ADA compliant sidewalks along both sides of Nott Street between Clifton Park Road and Balltown Road, improved store front parking to prevent backing into Nott Street, improved street lighting as well as rapid flashing beacons at two crosswalk locations.

The project is currently in design with construction anticipated in 2021.

Highway Improvement Program

Schenectady County today announced that the County’s 2019 Highway Improvement Program is underway and includes regular preventative maintenance with 24.35 miles of newly paved roads in the towns.  In total, nearly $4 million will be invested into the county highway system from federal, state and county funds.

“Schenectady County is proud to be a leader in the maintenance of roads and bridges in our towns ,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature.  “We do not wait for our roads to be in total disrepair.  We have a long-term plan that focuses on prevention and maintenance that improves safety and results in long-term cost savings for our County Residents.”

Paving projects are now underway or will begin this summer in the Towns of Glenville (10.64 miles) and Duanesburg and Princetown (13.71 miles):

Town of Glenville:       Gleason Road, Baldwin Road, High Mills Road, Lake Hill Road, North Road, Van Vorst Road

Town of Duanesburg: Knight Road, Dennison Road, Scotch Ridge Road, Sterling Road

Town of Princetown:   Parkers Corners Road, Sterling Road

Additional improvement projects include the River Road/Rosendale Roundabout and Sunnyside Road Preservation.

“We realize there will be temporary inconveniences for our residents and drivers while these projects are underway, but we know that the long-term gains will be worth the short-term disruptions and appreciate motorist’s patience,” continued Chair Jasenski.

Stormwater Management Program

Significant improvements have been achieved in controlling pollutants that are discharged from sewage and wastewater treatment plants. Across the nation, attention is being shifted to other sources of pollution such as stormwater runoff. Stormwater management, especially in urban areas, is becoming a necessary step in seeking further reductions in pollution in our waterways and presents new challenges. 

Stormwater runoff normally cannot be treated in the same way as accomplished by sewage and wastewater treatment plants. More often than not, end-of-pipe controls are not the best answer for removing pollutants from stormwater runoff. Pollutants in runoff enter our waterways in numerous ways and the best way of control is usually at the pollutant's source. Sometimes, significant improvements can be made by employing best management practices, or "BMPs". Proper storage of chemicals, good housekeeping and just plain paying attention to what's happening during runoff events can lead to relatively inexpensive ways of preventing pollutants from getting into the runoff in the first place and then our waterways.

The EPA and the NYSDEC are increasing their attention in several ways. A federal regulation, commonly known as Stormwater Phase II, requires permits for stormwater discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) in urbanized areas and for construction activities disturbing one or more acres. To implement the law, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued two general permits, one for MS4s in urbanized areas and one for construction activities. The permits are part of the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES).Schenectady County, City of Schenectady, Village of Scotia, Towns of Glenville, Niskayuna, Princetown, and Rotterdam, are participating in the Stormwater Phase II Program.

2020-2021 MS4 Annual Report (DRAFT)


Department  of Engineering

The mission of the Schenectady County Department of Engineering is to provide the highest quality engineering, survey, technical, and construction project management services to county government at the lowest possible cost.

The County Charter establishes a Department of Engineering and assigns the duties of surveys, design and structural engineering on the County Highway system. The Charter also assigns the engineering director to furnish engineering and other services as assigned by the County Manager.

Primary areas of responsibility include:

  • Highway Maintenance & Construction: County Engineers work with the Public Works Department on capital construction including highway reconstruction as well as bridge and culvert replacement. Activities include the survey/layout, design, contract bidding, contract inspection, and project development. 
  • Traffic & Transportation Analysis: Review and permitting of land/utility development activities along the County Highway System.
  • Health Department Administration: Provide the Environmental Health Department professional engineering assistance and plan review. Law requires a NYS licensed engineer for plan review or for technical consultation by Environmental Health staff.
  • Recreation Improvements including the design and construction administration for capital improvements such as the Mohawk Bike-Hike Trail expansion and rehabilitation 
  • Environmental engineering and analysis: Data collection for the multi-year MS-4 permit required by NYSDEC for storm sewer operation and enforcement at urbanized areas in cooperation with the Planning Department and municipalities. 
  • Aviation Engineering and support at the Schenectady County Airport including implementation of Federal Aviation Administration grants and operational directives.

The productivity and effectiveness of the department reflects the skills, experience and training of the engineering staff. The Director and Senior Civil Engineer are both NYS licensed professional engineers with broad engineering experience. Staff is committed to quality design and to getting projects completed successfully and within budget. 

Paving Crew working on road


Public Works

The mission of the Schenectady County Department of Public Works is to provide for safe, efficient, and responsive County highway system, automotive fleet, recreational areas, and administration of the Airport and Public Facilities. 

The Department of Public Works implements the construction, improvements, maintenance, repair, and lighting of all highways, roads, bridges, and structures, under the jurisdictions of the County. 

The Department of Public Works is also responsible for the maintenance of equipment and vehicles for the County and City fleet vehicles.

Administrative support is provided to the Office of Facilities, as well as the Office of Parks and the County Airport.

The Department also facilitates the Intermunicipal Highway Shared Services program. Snow and Ice control is managed on 716 lane miles of County, State and Town highways throughout Schenectady County.