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Onondaga County
Department of Transportation
John H. Mulroy Civic Center
11th Floor
421 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, New York 13202
Ph: (315) 435-3205
Ph: (315) 435-3176
Fax:(315) 435-5744

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This section provides engineering services for the department to maintain the county highway system. Functions and activities include issuance of highway work and access permits, review of planning board cases, highway and drainage design and construction engineering, bridge design and construction engineering survey activities. Also provided are the provision of technical services for highway maintenance activities, preparation of right of way maps and acquisition of right of way, litigation investigation and the oversight of consultants for bridge design and highway, construction and construction management contracts.


Traffic Signals: Onondaga County owns and maintains traffic signals at 119 locations throughout the county, consisting of the following:

                       Actuated three color traffic signals - 100

                       Overhead Flashers and sign Beacons - 17

                       Bridge Navigation Lights - 2

If you notice a malfunction in a traffic signal, please call 315-435-3205

Signage: The Department of Transportation owns and maintains approximately 24,000 signa panels in approximately 19,000 separate locations. If you notice any issues with signs, please call 315-435-3205


Bridges: There are 240 bridges/culverts in the Onondaga County road infrastructure inventory that are routinely inspected and maintained. Each of those structures has a designated "C" number for the county tracking purposes and record. This department jointly owns 17 bridges with other local municipalities and Rail Roads. 18 bridges are owned by NYSDOT and NYS Thruway Authority with limited County maintenance responsibilites. The Onondaga County Department of Transportation is committed to ensure the reliability and performance of its bridges for the public use and safety.

Access Permits: All new driveways on Onondaga County roads require an access permit, that includes residential, commercial, agricultural, construction and temporary drives.  When requesting access to a county road the applicant must mark the front property corners and the center of the proposed driveway(s). You can paint the shoulder of the road or use stakes with ribbon so we can verify thte available sight distance and drainage requirements at your preferred location. If your preferred location does not meet the minimum requirements we will determine the safest access location. It is the applicants responsiblity to make sure the driveway is on the their property and satisfies the local property line offset requirements. You have to fill out the Access Permit application (Form 1502-Rev. 6-13), sign and date the last page of the application. If a new structure is being built, the Town's Code Enforcement Officer must sign and date the last page of the application as well. Access fees are as follows:  residential $15.00, field $15.00, construction and temporary $25.00, commercial $550.00.

All other work in the right-of-way including modifications to existing driveways (widening, repaving, sealing etc...) must fill out a Work in the Right-of-Way application (Form 1501-1/05), sign and date the last page of the application before you send it back. Fees vary per circumstance. Contact the Department at 315-435-3205.

Include a site plan or sketch showing the proposed work in relation to the center of the road when you submit the application.


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