City Projects

Congress Street Reconstruction

Route 2 - From 11th Street to Pawling Ave

Questions and comments regarding this project may be addressed to:

Barb Tozzi

Congress Street Reconstruction Drawings

*Notice*  There will be paving at the Pawling Ave / Brunswick Ave / Brunswick Road intersection beginning Tuesday October 15, 2012.  Paving should be completed in this area by Friday October 19th.  Please follow the posted detour signs.  


  •     Provide cost-effective pavement reconstruction for a minimum service life of 20 years
  •     Provide minimum capacity level of service for the next 20 years
  •     Improve traffic flow and address safety deficiencies
  •     Improve pedestrian and bicycle mobility
  •     Enhance the visual and historic character of the area
  •     Replace or rehabilitate deteriorated publicly owned underground utilities
  •     Separate combined sewer system
  •     Improve highway design features where feasible that do not conform to the design standards


This project proposes to reconstruct the roadway section, which includes the travel and parking lanes, and to provide new curbs and sidewalks to comply with American with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines. This project will include new granite curbs, new underdrain system, replacement or repair of several retaining walls, ornamental street lighting, streetscape and landscape enhancements, new traffic signal system with pedestrian pushbuttons, new traffic control signs, water system improvements, separation of combined sewer system, bus stop amenities, traffic calming devices and bicycle access improvements.


  •     The Federal Highway Administration will fund eighty percent (80%) of the project
  •     The New York State Department of Transportation will fund fifteen percent (15%) of the project
  •     The City of Troy will fund five percent (5%) of the project


Beginning Monday April 2, 2012 at 6am, reconstruction of Congress Street will begin again with a detour closing Congress Street to traffic from 8th Street.  Traffic traveling west down Congress Street will be re-routed over 15th Street to People's Avenue and back down to 8th Street.  The reverse will be in effect for vehicles traveling east up Ferry Street.  They will be sent over 8th Street to People's Avenue to 15th Street and back to Congress.  Emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all times.  We anticipate the detour to be in place for approximately ten (10) weeks.  County Emergency Services have been notified. 

Also, as Saturday March 31, 2012, Dyer Brothers will begin setting a traffic transition plan for closure of the western most lane of the Pawling Avenue Bridge in anticipation of Verizon completing the final splicing operation in regards to the Congress Street reconstruction.  Verizon will begin work at 8pm on Sunday April 1, 2012 and will continue working 24/7 for one (1) week.  Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times and no interruption of service for emergency vehicles (or any vehicular traffic) will occur.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact me at the phone number listed above.


Public Information Meeting - April 2003
Preliminary Design Complete - June 2008
Environmental Studies Complete - June 2003
Design Report Complete - August 2005
Preliminary Design Approval - September 2005
Final Design Complete - January 2011
Begin Construction - May 2011
Construction Complete - November 2012


Several design alternatives are under consideration by the City of Troy and therefore, actual limits of reconstruction have not been finalized. In general, the project begins near the intersection of Congress Street and 11th Street and extends east to the intersection of Congress Street, Pawling Avenue and Brunswick Road.