Brent Penwarden, P.E.
Chief of Traffic Operations & Permits
Monroe County Fleet Center
145 Paul Road
Rochester, NY 14624
The Traffic Operations and Permits Division is responsible for investigating and responding to citizen complaints and requests regarding all regulatory, warning, parking, and street name signs on County roads and City of Rochester streets; the fabrication and installation of signs on County roads and City streets; the installation of pavement markings on all County roads and select City streets and Town roads, which are reimbursed by the authorizing municipality; plan review and traffic impact report (TIR) review and approval for developments on County roads and City streets; and issuing permits for work performed in the County right-of-way and associated field inspections.
This Division represents the Director of Transportation on the City of Rochester’s Traffic Control Board. Other Division responsibilities include the review and coordination of traffic features (signs and pavement markings) for all City of Rochester street projects.
This Division includes four (4) Sections:
- Traffic Investigations Section
- Sign Fabrication and Installation Section
- Pavement Markings Section
- Highway Permits Section
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Traffic Investigations Section
The Traffic Investigations Section reviews, collects, and updates traffic information to ensure appropriate traffic control devices are in place on City streets and County roads. This includes investigating and responding to citizen complaints and requests regarding all regulatory, warning, parking, and street name signs on County roads and City streets. This Section is also responsible for coordinating the review of City residential street improvement projects and processing all regulatory traffic control device changes on City streets and County roads.
Sign Fabrication and Installation Section
The Sign Fabrication and Installation Section manufactures, installs, and maintains all traffic signs on County roads and City streets, and for Towns, Villages and other County departments upon request. This includes approximately 85,000 signs, not including parking signs within the City. Through the County’s in-house Sign Shop, revenue is received for fabricating and installing signs for other County departments such as the Airport, County Clerk, County Legislature, Parks, County facilities, and also for Towns and Villages.
MCDOT is working on a multi-year Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity Program on County Roads and City Streets in order to comply with Federal sign standards mandated by the National Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways (MUTCD), in addition to the New York State Supplement to the MUTCD.
The MUTCD has stringent requirements for traffic signs, including but not limited to letter sizes, retroreflectivity, and installation locations. Therefore, we have a multi-year capital program to upgrade regulatory, warning, and street name signs as necessary to maintain compliance with these requirements.
Pavement Markings Section
The Pavement Markings Section installs and maintains pavement markings required to maintain lane delineation, passing zones, stop bars, crosswalks, and railroad crossing symbols on County roads, City streets, and Town roads, as well as airport runways and taxiways. Pavement markings installed on City streets and Town roads are reimbursed by the authorizing municipality. Pavement markings typically need to be re-applied every one to six years depending on traffic volumes, condition of the road, and the materials used for the markings.
Highway Permits Section
The Highway Permits Section issues and inspects permits for all new development in the County right-of-way to ensure a safe and efficient roadway system, while allowing for economic and community growth. This Section conducts design reviews of proposed highway developments, issues highway permits, inspects the work performed by permittees, maintains records, collects permit fees, and ensures contractor conformance with County requirements. This Section is also responsible for the review of all City site plans that necessitate a traffic engineering review.
Highway Permit Forms
Learn more about the various DOT permits on our Highway Access Guidelines page. Click any of the links below to download the permit form. For a copy of an annual permit or to request additional forms, please call the Permits Office at 585-753-7710.
- 136 Highway Permit (PDF) — Permit under section 136 Highway Law.
- 239-F Permit (PDF) — Includes Building Consent Request, General Municipal Law.
- Application for Special Hauling Permit (PDF)
- 136 Highway Permit Notification of Non-Permitted Work (PDF) — Within the Monroe County right-of-way.
- Permit Fee Worksheet (PDF)
- Substandard Work Notification Letter (PDF)
- Proof of Insurance — Summary of vendor insurance requirements.