A discussion to make the intersection of Otter Creek Place and Groton Avenue in Cortland a one-way road was brought up last night at the Cortland Common Council meeting. If passed, cars will no longer be able to turn onto Otter Creek Pl. from Groton Ave.
Otter Creek Pl. is a small and narrow road, but traffic flows both ways. Many cars that go through Otter Creek are forced to drive down the sidewalk due to the lack of space, therefore endangering pedestrians walking on the side of the road.
Chris Bistocchi, Superintendent at City of Cortland Department of Public Works, expects a lot of foot traffic on Otter Creek with college students returning for the spring semester. Many of the students walk down Otter Creek to get to campus.
This is not the first time this issue has been brought forward to the council. Local resident Angela Gellatly expressed her concerns on the dangers pedestrians face at a Common Council meeting in August.
According to Bistocchi, making Otter Creek Pl. a one-way road will allow pedestrians and those traveling by bike a safe route to their destinations. Bistocchi spoke on adding a “Do Not Enter” sign at the intersection.
The Council agreed to have a public hearing on the issue at the upcoming meeting on February 4th.
Here is a video of last night’s discussion on the issue at last night’s Common Council meeting:
(Video starts at 58:49 and ends at 1:13:08)