In Case You Missed It: Cortland’s construction season information session is this week

(Photo from The Cortland Voice's photo file/Kevin L. Smith of The Cortland Voice).

The 2024 construction season is right around the corner, and the City of Cortland is looking to keep the community updated on progress.

City officials – along with representatives from SUNY Cortland, Cortland County Business Development Corporation and the Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau – are holding a public information session at 6 p.m. Wednesday (March 20) at the Cortland Elks Lodge on Groton Avenue.

It will update community members on this year’s “planned work, expected impacts, detour routes and alternative parking plans,” according to a release.

Officials and representatives will provide information on the next phase of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) project in the city’s downtown area, and the continuation of the Groton Avenue Public Improvement Project.

The next phase of the DRI project will consist of replacing all current sidewalks and remaining curbing on the east and west sides of Main Street. Other work will include repairing additional utility vaults, converting the roadway to accommodate two-way traffic, installing new street lighting and implementing updated traffic control equipment.

Bill Lund, the city’s department of public works deputy superintendent, said that DRI construction will begin this spring but the start date has yet to be determined.

The Groton Avenue project could begin as early as this month, Lund said. It includes the replacement of water mains, storm sewer systems and sanitary sewer line replacements. 

The project also includes installing new sidewalks and curbing. The project as a whole lays the groundwork for reconstruction to create more parking in the Groton Avenue parking lot.

The release also noted a third project is slated for this summer, which is the reconstruction of the intersection at Broadway Avenue, Pashley Drive and Neubig Road. Details on this project remain to be seen.

Lund mentioned that the city’s DPW construction season is scheduled to begin in May.

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