October 20, 2021

Clinton Avenue construction contract to be awarded

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Cars drive on Clinton Avenue in Cortland on Friday. Work will continue on the road this spring as the city will award a construction contract at an upcoming Common Council meeting.

A construction contract for work on Clinton Avenue will be awarded at Cortland’s next Common Council meeting on Feb. 2, said Nic Dovi, the deputy superintendent of public works, on Friday.

The $851,420 contract likely will be awarded to Lancaster Development Inc. of Richmondville for Phase 1 of the project, which includes enhancing lightning, installing new crosswalks and custom masonry.

The work will be part of the city’s Gateway Project, which is meant to improve the visual appeal for travelers as they enter the city off Interstate 81.

Infrastructure work, including replacing water and sewer lines, is also included in the project.

Dovi had previously said the project would cost around $21 million, paid through a combination of city budget and grants.

“There’s a lot of work ahead,” Dovi said Friday. “I’m excited that after years and years of trying to put funding together, this upcoming construction season work will commence.”

Construction for Phase 1 will start this spring or summer and likely last about three or four months, Dovi said.

Other construction work to start in the spring includes Phase 3, which a contract for $9.1 million was signed in late November with G. DeVincentis & Son Construction Company, of Binghamton, to upgrade the stormwater management system, put in bike lanes and new lighting.

Dovi estimated that Phase 3, a major part of the Gateway Project, could be completed by July 2023.

Phase 2, replacing water mains on Clinton Avenue up to Pomeroy and River streets, was recently completed, Dovi said.

Dovi said that once construction work begins on Phases 1 and 3, traffic will probably be diverted at times but couldn’t say where or when. Once work begins and details become available, city officials will notify the public.

“When the project is done, the attractiveness of Clinton Avenue will be improved,” Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin said. “We’re going to make Cortland more bright and pedestrian-friendly by putting bike lanes in, having green space between the road and the sidewalks.”

The project, once finished, will be important for travelers coming into the city for the first time and also something residents can be proud of, Tobin added.

“We want your first impression to be a positive one,” he said.