City readies for Groton Avenue project

Intersection between Groton Ave & Otter Creek in Cortland, NY. (Photo from The Cortland Voice's photo files).

The City of Cortland is preparing to begin its Groton Avenue Public Improvement Project soon.

According to Bill Lund, the city’s deputy superintendent of the Department of Public Works (DPW), the $7.59 million project is set to begin in July. The conclusion of the project, Lund added, is tentatively slated for 2025.

On Tuesday, the Cortland Common Council unanimously approved an agreement between mayor Scott Steve and G. DeVincentis & Sons (of Binghamton) for the project’s construction work.

According to the resolution from Tuesday’s meeting, BCA Architects & Engineers of Ithaca has developed plans and specifications for the project.

The project on Groton Avenue – which will stretch from Otter Creek Place to the Groton Avenue/Clinton Avenue/Main Street intersection – will include:

  • Water and sewer improvements
  • Redone sidewalks and curbing
  • Landscaping
  • Upgrades to traffic lights and signage
  • Full repavement
  • And more

“It is a pretty huge project,” Lund said.

The Groton Avenue project will run concurrent to the ongoing Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) project on Main Street. The project will also mirror the improvements seen so far on Main Street.

“The DPW is well equipped to handle the multiple projects that are taking place this construction season,” Lund said. “There is no doubt the city has a lot of work going on, but it’s all work that greatly benefits the community and its infrastructure. The DPW embraces the current challenges and the ones that lay ahead. At the same time we ask the community for patience and understanding as some of these projects do take time.”

Traffic control in the area has not been discussed, Lund said, but DPW will likely come up with a plan for motorists in the area to avoid construction closures as the construction date gets closer.

“A project phasing meeting is in the near future to discuss any potential traffic flow issues, if any,” Lund said.