City DRI construction continues with vault work; storm sewer project on the horizon

Main Street in the city of Cortland. (Photo provided by Kevin L. Smith of The Cortland Voice).

Construction for the City of Cortland’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) project continued on Monday, which started with some vault work.

According to Eric Mulvihill, economic development/community relations specialist for the Cortland County Business Development Corporation, work is currently being done in an old utility vault underneath the sidewalk at 33 Main St.

Despite construction revolving around New York Bagel, at 33 Main St., the business is still open.

Mulvihill, who noted it’s similar to the vault work last summer, said it involves pouring concrete and then laying down new sidewalks on the rehabilitated vault area.

Construction crews this week were working in an old utility vault underneath New York Bagel at 33 Main St. (Photo provided by Kevin L. Smith of The Cortland Voice).

The concrete is necessary to avoid the potential collapse of the new sidewalks, Mulvihill said.

“It’s not glamorous and utility work, but it’s necessary because you can’t lay concrete on top of nothing,” Mulvihill said.

Vault work at 9 Main St. is also scheduled for reconstruction, but Mulvihill noted that tweaks needed to be made for the work.

Once the vault work is complete, construction crews will focus its attention on a storm sewer project at the intersection of Court Street and Main Street.

Mulvihill said there will be some “heavy digging” at the intersection. He also noted that Court Street will have a “singular lane,” with the goal of making the street “passable” during construction hours.

Further details on the city’s storm sewer project on Court Street can be viewed by clicking here.