Engineering Division
626 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Telephone: (845) 486-2925   Fax: (845) 486-2940
Public Works
Noel Knille, AIA, ASLA, Commissioner


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The Engineering Division’s primary mission is to oversee the safety and functionality of Dutchess County’s 396 miles of highway, 140 bridges and 178 large drainage structures. The Division oversees the design, construction and inspection of all county highway and bridge improvement projects.

Many of these projects are eligible for 80% federal reimbursement and the Division is responsible for progressing these projects through the involved Federal highway process required to receive these funds. The Division works with DPW’s HCM Division to monitor the condition of the County’s Highway System, identify the need for improvement or maintenance projects, scopes these projects and estimates their cost and then pursues funding to implement these projects.

The Division is also responsible for:

  • Inspection of Highway related drainage structures and overseeing needed improvements.

  • Identification and implementation of Highway safety improvement projects.

  • Planning and overseeing pavement and shoulder rehabilitation/resurfacing, including guide rail installations.

  • Siting, installation and maintenance of traffic lights and traffic signs – (18 traffic lights and 14,500 traffic signs).

  • Maintenance of pavement striping for 396 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.

  • Reviews development applications with implications for the County Highway system.

The Division is also responsible for providing engineering support services for the other divisions of DPW. Engineering has overseen the design and construction of the County’s two extremely successful rail trails (Dutchess Rail Trail and Harlem Valley Rail Trail), which have been advanced as alternative transportation projects, allowing for 80% federal funding. The Division provides assistance as requested for other Airport, Building and Park projects, as part of the DPW family.

Business Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


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