Groton Avenue construction rolling along despite issues with weather

Groton Avenue in the city of Cortland. (Photo via Kevin L. Smith of The Cortland Voice).

Since the Groton Avenue Public Improvement Project began last month, construction crews have had to battle through the rain, and sometimes snow, to stay on schedule.

According to Eric Mulvihill, economic development/community relations specialist for the Cortland County Business Development corporation, crews on Groton Avenue are utilizing time by “backfilling materials” on wet days so “they can keep moving forward.” 

“From my understanding, there are some things they can shift around if it gets too wet,” Mulivhill said. “They’re trying to keep busy and not stand still.”

Today, April 18, a trio of crews will be installing sewer laterals – which are connections to properties on the street – at separate locations between Homer Avenue and Otter Creek Place in Cortland, according to Crown City Rising. The detour will be in effect for this area.

NYSEG is also moving along with its various projects, while Groton Avenue crews continue the installation of a new water main.

Mulvihill noted that crews are doing “their best to keep roads passable” during construction shifts, including access to businesses on Groton Avenue.

“We’re really trying to keep Groton Avenue as accessible as possible when crews aren’t in the throes of working,” Mulvihill said.

Groton Avenue is open on the weekends and during off-hours, Mulvihill said, unless there’s a “serious hazard” to drivers on the road.