October 21, 2021

Project ties up Clinton Avenue

Gas line work in Cortland expected to last throughout winter

S.N. Briere/staff reporter

A DDs worker holds a stop sign facing cars on Clinton Avenue heading toward Main street Monday morning. Clinton Avenue from Church street to Main street is down to one lane as the company does gas work during the winter before the city begins Phase 3 of the Clinton Avenue project in spring of 2021.

It might be best to avoid Clinton Avenue in Cortland through the winter as contractor DDS works on gas lines along the road, which was reduced to one lane of traffic Monday.

Nic Dovi, the maintenance supervisor for the city buildings and grounds department, said the work will extend along Clinton Avenue between Charles and Pomeroy streets.

That work is being done before the city begins Phase 3 of the Clinton Avenue project, Dovi said. The estimated $21 million project, seven years in the planning and four or five years in construction, is meant to improve the first impression people get of Cortland when they get off Interstate 81 at Exit 11 while replacing the century-old subsurface infrastructure — water and sewer lines.

Phase 1 is from the interstate Exit 11 to Pomeroy and River streets. It will include road striping and adding crosswalks and is estimated to cost less than $700,000, Dovi said. Phase 2 is the water main replacement on Clinton Avenue.

The $9.1 million Phase 3 of the project includes upgrading the stormwater management system, putting in bike lanes and new lighting. That phase is $2 million less than what engineers had originally estimated. That project is expected to begin in the spring.

Dovi said the company will be on Clinton Avenue in the next month or so doing some preliminary work.