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New York State Department of Transportation Facilities Design Division Design Bureau Highway Design Project Correspondence, Plans, and Reports

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
Long-range highway planning originates at the Department of Transportation (DOT) headquarters in Albany. Records include correspondence and plans pertaining to design of highways by outside consulting firms that contracted with DOT to do projects prior to and after construction. Most project files are for highways, or plans for bridges, parking facilities, or other associated projects. Files may span ten years from the initial design contract to final project acceptance.
Creator:
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Quantity:
907 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1962-2004, undated
Bulk Dates:
bulk 1981-2004
Series Number:
13376

Arrangement

Arranged by project identification number (PIN). Preliminary project files are arranged by DOT region, date, and county.

13376-96: Arranged roughly by project number or type of project/proposal.

13376-19, 13376-19A: None.

Administrative History

Long-range highway planning originates at the Department of Transportation (DOT) headquarters in Albany (specifically, the Planning Division). Highway projects designed prior to 1973 were directed from the DOT regional offices; after 1973 the work was handled in Albany. In consideration of the workload, regional directors can recommend that outside consultants prepare plans, and, upon approval of the head of the Facility and Design Division, a contract results through the Consultant Management Section (established in 1973).

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of correspondence and plans pertaining to design of highways by outside consulting firms that contracted with DOT to do projects prior to and after construction. Most project files are for highways, or plans for bridges, parking facilities, or other associated projects. Files may span ten years from the initial design contract to final project acceptance.

Records in the series are variously labeled as "preliminary project files," "highway project files," or "red files." Preliminary project files are arranged according to DOT region, date and county. Other files have a project identification number (or PIN).

13376-93: This accretion contains records relating to the design of interchanges and small sections of several highways in the state, particularly the Eastern Expressway in Monroe County, the Sunrise Highway in Suffolk County, and the Taconic State Parkway in Westchester County. Records pertain to the planning and design of improvements of the highways and include correspondence, project proposals and reports, maps, and environmental assessments. The majority of the records were produced by the DOT or by the department's various engineering consultants.

13376-94: This accretion consists of materials submitted by consultants and planning contractors to the Design Quality Assurance Bureau about a project involving the Eastern Expressway (I-490) - Outer Loop (NY/I-590) interchange area in Monroe County, New York. Records apparently span many years of project development. Included are project proposals, traffic studies, blueprints, design reports, and environmental assessments.

13376-99: This accretion includes a very large amount of preliminary project files, "red files," and standard project files. The "red files" include project correspondence with the consulting firm, public officials, and interested citizens about technical aspects of the project. They may contain considerable information about public response to the location of a proposed highway. A copy of the environmental impact statement (EIS) is included with the "red file."

Project files (or "PIN folders") also contain correspondence. Other types of information present include public meeting proceedings and hearing transcripts; aesthetic assessments; engineering computations and estimates; survey data; noise reports and barrier designs; drainage reports; air analysis; design reports; environmental assessment statements; and final project evaluations.

13376-19A: This accretion consists of highway design project-related records including draft and final project reports; environmental impact statements; cultural resource studies; revitalization studies; maps; project drawings in pencil or pen (original and some copies); field sketches; completed historical architectural survey forms; historical background information relating to construction or revitalization projects; mounted and unmounted project photographs and slides; project notes; technical advisory documents; NYSDOT, USDOT, and other publications, many of which pertain to industrial design standards and procedures; training and policies and procedure manuals; memorandums; correspondence; and a small quantity of project-related news clippings.

Unboxed project-related materials include NYSDOT and USDOT reference maps; marked-up copies of design blueprints; a partial set of 40 to 60 topographical drawings relating to an Adirondack Northway project in the Keeseville, Essex County area (Lewis to Poke-O-Moonshine Section, 1961-1965); design mock-ups and project photos mounted on foam core board; a shrink-wrapped (new/unopened) DOT design standards manual; and other items.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this material.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series 13377 Highway Design Project Correspondence and Plans, contains related records created by the Facilities Design Division.

Other finding aids

13376-93, 13376-10, 13376-10A, 13376-13, 13376-14, 13376-14A, 13376-15, 13376-16: Container list is available at the repository.

13376-96, 13376-13, 13376-15A, 13376-15B, 13376-17, 13376-17A, 13376-19: Transfer list is available at the repository.

13376-99: Rough folder list is available at the repository.

Custodial History

13376-96: After inactive storage at the State Records Center, custody of these records was transferred to the State Archives from 6/94 through 11/95. Records appearing on multiple transfer lists remain at the RC until space is available at the Archives.

13376-99: After inactive storage at the State Records Center, custody of these records was transferred to the State Archives from 1996-1999. Records appearing on multiple transfer lists remain at the RC until space is available at the Archives. Boxes 42, 99, 100, 101, 107, 291 and 406 were missing at time of accession and presumed lost.

13376-19A: These records were donated by Kathy Schnurr, daughter of James Byron, following Mr. Byron's death in August 2014. Personal papers were transferred to the New York State Library's Manuscripts and Special Collections. Publications were transferred to the New York State Library.

Acquistion Information

13376-96: This accretion includes records from transfer lists 85058A, 850006, 850043, 850065, 850007, and 84066A.

13376-99: This accretion includes records from transfer lists 870020, 890041, 920029, 880047, 880059, 880071, 890009, 890048, 890040, 900061, 920052, 940028, 850047, 830071, 840019, 850007, 830025, 860006, 860029, 860056, 820058, 840024, 850028, 860002, 860005, 860014, 880004, 900055, 930045, 860067, 900017, 920050, 930104, 810010, 810033, 830003, 830055, 840048, 840069.

13376-13: This accretion includes records from transfer lists 890054, 900027, 930070, 940030, 940041, 940053, 960001, 960006, 960025, 960043, 960064, 970023, 970037, 970074, 980003, 980058, 980077, 990032, 990070, 000028, 000052, 020039, 020068, 030057, 030058, 030061, 03061A, 030081, 03081A, 030126, 03126A, 040034, 040079, 040143, 04143A, and 040145.

13376-14: This accretion includes records from transfer lists 040147, 020039, 020065, 020068, 030058, 040034, 040079, and 040143.

13376-14A: This accretion includes records from transfer lists 000052 and 040147.

13376-15: This accretion includes records from transfer list 87003A.

13376-15A: This accretion includes records from transfer list 040143.

13376-15B: This accretion includes records from transfer list 020068.

13376-16: This accretion includes records from transfer lists 03126A and 040143.

13376-17: This accretion includes records from transfer list 040143.

13376-17A: This accretion includes records from transfer lists 920050, 020068, 040034, 060007, and 070025.

13376-18: This accretion includes records from transfer lists 030061, 030081, and 040143.

13376-19: This accretion was transferred under RDA 13376 and includes records from transfer list 040143.

Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Folder

Accretion: 13376-19A
1983 Project records related to Cohoes-Waterford Arterial, Albany County, PIN 1088.02.12.124 1 1
NYS DOT binder "Professional Ethics" by the National Institute for Engineering Ethics 1 2
Slides of DOT training 2 1
1979 Project report on Bridge Reconstruction Project Report, Buffalo PIN 5751.14.101 2 2
1979 Project report on Bridge Reconstruction Project Report, Buffalo PIN 5751.14.101 2 3
Sheet of five test slides 2 4
1978 Case report Main Street Crescent, Ossining, PIN 8360.04 2 5
1976 Air Quality Report for Environmental Impact Statement concerning the Route 9 improvement project, Ossining 2 6
1977 Case Report Section 106, National Historic Preservation Act, Ossining 2 7
circa 1976 DOT project report Elm-Oak Arterial, Buffalo, PIN 5083.00 2 8
2001 Gowanus Expressway I-278 Rehabilitation Project, PIN 0729.94.123 2 9
Project report Mamaroneck River, Hutchinson River Parkway, PIN 8104.23 and 8104.24 3 1
1983 Project report Route 125 Weaver Street Aerial Control Survey 3 2
Project report Mineola Grade Crossing Elimination, PIN 0753.98 3 3
Cemetery relocations 4 1
Court of Claims information 4 2
Nomograph for Thrust Block Design 4 3
Sheet piling 4 4
Noise 4 5
Mud Jacking "LIME" pumping 4 6
Utilities 4 7
Toll Plazas 4 8
Testing Wells - Sewer Pipe Testing 4 9
Ecology 4 10
Participation limits at intersections 4 11
Proposed Erie Canal Park 4 12
CMS Operations Plan 4 13
Project management 4 14
1987 Masonry Design Course 4 15
Photographs 5 1
1984 Cultural Resources Survey Report CR 114/Cochecton Road, Cochecton, Sullivan County, PIN 0753.98 5 2
Preliminary case report Section 106, National Historic Preservation Act, Cohoes-Waterford Arterial, Albany County, PIN 1088.02.12.124 5 3
Mineola Area Revitalization Study, PIN 0753.98 5 4
NYS Department of Public Works The Adirondack Northway, A Study In Depth (2 copies) 5 5
Policy of Geometrics of Structures 5 6
Project Report Interstate Route 508, PIN 9357-18 6 1
Air Quality Report Interstate Route 508, PIN 9357-18 6 2
Noise Report Interstate Route 508, PIN 9357-18 6 3
Design Report Interstate Route 508, PIN 9357-18 6 4
I-88/I-81 Connector Project Report, PIN 9357-18 6 5
Environmental Impact Statement for I-88, PIN 9357-18 6 6
1975 Administrative Final Environmental Impact Statement I-88, PIN 9357-18 6 7
Photographs and map of work needed in Elmira on Interstate Route 17 6 8
1971 Plan of Interstate Route 502 and Troy-Schenectady Road, Albany County 7 1
1965 Plan of Interstate Route 502, Essex County 7 2
Hutchinson River Parkway Reconstruction Project Description, PIN 8104.23 & 8104.24 7 3
New York City Digital Basemap 7 4
Sheets 1-170 of Interstate Route 87, Riverbank to Keeseville overlap maps 7 5
Maps of NYS regions, overlay map of Manlius and aerial photographs and plans for Mineola Boulevard Permanent Bridge/LIRR Station House Aerial 7 6
Whiteboard exhibits for Brooklyn-Queens Expressway 8

Accretion: 13376-94
1977 February-1979 February “Northern Boulevard Viaduct Pin 1750.77 D126547 Albany County Red file 1”: Project Drafts and Agreements 1 1
1975 October-1978 April, 1979 “Northern Boulevard Viaduct Red file 2”: Project Drafts and Agreements; News articles 1 2
1975 October-1978 July “New Rochelle Topics Pin 8750.75 .75(01) .76 & .77 D89177”: Project Drafts and Agreements 1 3
1982 “Transportation Project Report”: Relocated route 31 Monroe County; Report IV; Pin 4037.15; Environmental Impact Statement 2 1
1981 “Pin 4037.15, RTE 31”: Alignment Changes in Vicinity of Wetland OG-7; Red File 340 2 2
1979 November- 1980 November “4037.15 Relocation of Route 31 Monroe County”: Project Drafts and Agreements 2 3
1982 March-October “Pin 4037.15, D201279 Relocated Route 31 Monroe County”: Project Drafts and Agreements 2 4
1981 January-June “Pin 4037.15, D201279 Relocation of Route 31 Monroe County”; Project Drafts and Agreements 2 5
1981 July-1982 February “Pin 4037.15, D201279 Relocation of Route 31 Monroe County”; Project Drafts and Agreements 2 6
1982 November-1983 November “Pin 4037.15, D201279 Relocation of Route 31 Monroe County”; Project Drafts and Agreements 2 7
1978 October “Project Reports I And II for the Western Monroe County Transportation Study PIN 4037.15” 3 1
1978 “Region 4, Rochester, New York”: Project Report I and II for the Western Monroe County Transportation Study- Volume II Appendices 3 2
1978 October “Project Reports I And II for the Western Monroe County Transportation Study PIN 4037.15”: Volume II Appendices 3 3
1978 November-December “Comments Received on Project Report I&II for the Western Monroe Country Transportation Study Pin 4037.15” 3 4
1979 August “Project Report III for the Western Monroe County Transportation Study PIN 4037.15” 3 5
1982 April 15 “Memorandum Department of Transportation”: Scope change Route 31 Relocation 3 6
1977 June 28 “Literature Inventory of Prehistoric and Historic Sites in the Route 31 Improvement Study Area” 3 7
1979 January “Cultural Resources Survey Report”: Pin 4037.15 Elmgrove-Union Pre-reconnaissance Monroe County 3 8
1981 “Reconnaissance Cultural Resources Survey, Phase II”: Relocation of Route 31, Pin 4037.15 3 9
1980 December “Public Archaeology Facility Report”: Draft Report 3 10
1981 “Pre-Reconnaissance Cultural Resources Survey: Relocation of Route 31, PIN 4037.15”: Final 3 11
1981 September “Phase I and Phase II Reconnaissance Cultural Resources Survey: Relocation of Route 31, PIN 4037.15” 3 12
1981 September “Part III: Appendices to Phase I and Phase II Reconnaissance Cultural Resources Survey: Relocation of Route 31, PIN 4037.15” 3 13
1982 August “Project Report IV: Draft Environmental Impact Statement”: Relocation of Route 31, PIN 4037.15 3 14
undated “Energy Analysis Report”: New York State Department of Transportation PIN 4037.15; Relocated Route 31 Monroe County 3 15
1980-2000 Energy Analysis Report: New York State Department of Transportation PIN 4037.15 3 16
1982 Noise Study Report: New York State Department of Transportation PIN 4037.15 Relocated Route 31 Monroe County 3 17
1981 Visual Impact Analysis New York State Department of Transportation PIN 4037.15 Relocated Route 31 Monroe County 3 18
1982 October 12 Water Quality Report: New York State Department of Transportation PIN 4037.15 Relocated Route 31 Monroe County 3 19
1985 Air Study Report: New York State Department of Transportation PIN 4037.15 Relocated Route 31 Monroe County 3 20
1978-1980 Fish and Wildlife Inventory/Analysis: New York State Department of Transportation PIN 4037.15 Relocated Route 31 Monroe County 3 21
1982 December 15, 24 Route 31 Hearing Transcript: Pin 4037.15 3 22
1982 December 15 Public Comments 3 23
1982 October 23 Project Report V: New York State Department of Transportation PIN 4037.15 Relocated Route 31 Monroe County; Final Environmental Impact Statement Volume II; Agency Correspondence 3 24
1983 Project Report V: New York State Department of Transportation PIN 4037.15 Relocated Route 31 Monroe County; Final Environmental Impact Statement 3 25
1983 Project Report V: New York State Department of Transportation PIN 4037.15 Relocated Route 31 Monroe County; Final Environmental Impact Statement 3 26
1983 Project Report V: New York State Department of Transportation PIN 4037.15 Relocated Route 31 Monroe County; Final Environmental Impact Statement 3 27
1979 March 1 Avoca Drainage Study: Photos 4 1
1979 April 25 Avoca Hydrologic Study Steuben County, New York; Salmon Creek-Shaut Creek; NYSDOT PIN 6218.01 4 2
1979 May Avoca Hydrologic Study Steuben County, New York; Salmon Creek-Shaut Creek; NYSDOT PIN 6218.01 4 3
1980 October 15 Avoca Hydrologic Study. Steuben County, New York; Salmon Creek-Shaut Creek; NYSDOT PIN 6218.01: NYS Voucher; Copies of Project Agreement 4 4
1978 May-1980 October Avoca Hydrologic Study. Steuben County, New York; Salmon Creek-Shaut Creek; NYSDOT PIN 6218.01: Correspondence 4 5
1978 May 15 Avoca Hydrologic Study. Steuben County, New York; Salmon Creek-Shaut Creek; NYSDOT PIN 6218.01: Approved Agreement 4 6
1979 May 14 Avoca Hydrologic Study. Steuben County, New York; Salmon Creek-Shaut Creek; NYSDOT PIN 6218.01: Computer Printout for Bridge and Planning Construction Services 4 7
1979 December-1980 February Avoca 6218.01.111: Inputs for Subcritical, Supercritical; Flood Frequency Analysis; Trace 4 8
1981 October 30 LaSalle Arterial Corridor Study: Volume II Engineering Drawings and Appendices 5 1
1981 October 30 LaSalle Arterial Corridor Study: Volume I 5 2
undated Final Environmental Statement: PIN 5029.00 LaSalle Arterial; PIN 5051.02 Niagara Falls Rainbow Boulevard 5 3
1975 July- 1978 June LaSalle Arterial ELS 5095.21&5095.27: Correspondence on Project 5 4
1977 September- 1979 September LaSalle Arterial D88803 PIN 5095.21&.22 Niagara County: Correspondence on Project; Pictures of LaSalle Arterials 5 5
1979 October- December LaSalle Arterial D88803 PIN 5095.21&.22 Niagara County: Correspondence on Project 5 6
1980 April-1981 December, 1982 May 17 LaSalle Arterial D88803 PIN 5095.21&.22 Niagara County: Correspondence on Project 5 7
1963-1971 5095.21& 5095.21(ELS): LaSalle Arterial Selected Correspondence 5 8
undated The Construction of LaSalle Arterial From Rainbow Bridge to U.S. Route 62 Niagara County, New York PIN 5095.21 and 5095.22: Administrative Action Draft; Design Report/Environmental Assessment 5 9
1976 LaSalle Arterial PIN 5095.21&5095.22 Lockport Arterial PIN 5209.02 & 5209.03: Reports of the Environmental Impact Studies 5 10
1979 Long Range Element and Action Needs to 1985 5 11
1976 LaSalle Arterial PIN 5095.21&5095.22 Advanced Prints 5 12
1967 August Transcript of the Conference on the Weaving Study for the Rochester-Outer Loop and Interstate 490 6 1
1979 May Problem Definition and Project Proposal: I 490 Eastern Expressway (Winton Rd to RTE 441) PIN 4088.00(02) Monroe County; Project Initiation Report 6 2
1980 August PIN 4088.00(02) Design Phases I-IV: Project Proposal 6 3
1982 October Memorandum PIN 4088.00(02) I 490 Eastern Expressway, RTE 47, Rochester Outer Loop, Monroe County 6 4
1983 February Project Development Report Eastern Expressway (I490)/Outer Loop (NY/I590) Interchange. Monroe County, NY: PIN 4088.00 (02) 6 5
1983 Map: Rochester-Bushnell Basin, Part3, FISH 58-16; Rochester City Eastern Expressway-Part1, F1C60-6; Rochester City Eastern Expressway- Parts 2&3 F1C58-2 6 6
1983 August PIN 4088.00(02): Traffic Study & Estimates 6 7
1984 Final Design Report/Environmental Assessment Volume II: I490 Eastern Expressway-I/NY 590 Rochester Outer Loop Interchange; I490 Eastern Expressway widening between Winton Rd. and Fairport Rd.; Written Comment Received & Misc. Correspondence 6 8
1984 June 28 Public Hearing Transcript: Combined corridor-design public hearing Eastern Expressway-I/ NY 590 Rochester Outer Loop Interchange I490 Eastern Expressway widening between Winton Road and Fairport Road Monroe County 6 9
1984 Constrained Traffic Level of Service Computing for PIN 4088.00.116(02): I490 Eastern Expressway, I/ NY 590 Rochester Outer Loop Interchange, I490 Eastern Expressway widening between Winton Road and Fairport Road 6 10
1984 August 9 Reconvened Public Hearing Transcript: Combined corridor-design public hearing Eastern Expressway-I/ NY 590 Rochester Outer Loop Interchange I490 Eastern Expressway widening between Winton Road and Fairport Road Monroe County 6 11
1985 Final Design Report/Environmental Assessment Volume I; I490 Eastern Expressway-I/NY 590 Rochester Outer Loop Interchange; I490 Eastern Expressway widening between Winton Rd. and Fairport Rd. 6 12
1985 Final Design Report/Environmental Assessment Volume I; I490 Eastern Expressway-I/NY 590 Rochester Outer Loop Interchange; I490 Eastern Expressway widening between Winton Rd. and Fairport Rd.; Draft Design Report 6 13
1985 Final Design Report/Environmental Assessment Volume II; I490 Eastern Expressway-I/NY 590 Rochester Outer Loop Interchange; I490 Eastern Expressway widening between Winton Rd. and Fairport Rd. 6 14
1985 Final Design Report/Environmental Assessment Volume II; I490 Eastern Expressway-I/NY 590 Rochester Outer Loop Interchange; I490 Eastern Expressway widening between Winton Rd. and Fairport Rd. 6 15
1985 February 25, April 2 File PIN 4088.00 Monroe: Preliminary Row Plan Preliminary Right-of Way plans 6 16