October 26, 2021

Gas line work underway

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

A flagman directs traffic Monday on Clinton Avenue in Cortland. Work to replace gas lines is underway as part of a project that includes enhancing the entry into the city from Interstate 81.

Work on gas mains has begun as part of Cortland’s Gateway Project to improve the corridor from Interstate 81’s Exit 11 through Clinton Avenue, said Nic Dovi, the city’s deputy superintendent of public works.

The work, as part of Phase 3 of the project, precedes G. DeVincentis & Son Construction Co. of Binghamton bringing in new gas lines in the coming weeks, Dovi said Monday.

The Gateway Project is meant to improve the appeal for travelers as they enter the city from Interstate 81 along with pedestrian accessibility while replacing aging infrastructure.

Phase 3, expected to cost about $9.1 million, will include infrastructure fixes on Clinton Avenue including stormwater and gas line replacements along with new lighting. It will also add bike lanes to the street, Dovi said.

Another part of the project, Phase 1, will include enhanced lightning, new crosswalks and custom masonry and bike lanes from the I-81 exit to the intersection of Pomeroy and River streets. Dovi said he will meet Thursday with contractor L and T to outline project scheduling.

Phase 2 of the project, which replaced water mains on Clinton Avenue up to Pomeroy and River streets, was completed earlier this year, Dovi previously said.

Phase 3, getting under underway, is next. Work on Phase 1 will run concurrent to work on Phase 3 once scheduling has been set.

Phase 1 is expected to cost $851,420 and will be partially funded through a federal Department of Transportation grant.

Phase 3 will be funded in part through six state grants. Dovi said construction on Phase 3 will begin this spring and likely run into 2022.

The scheduled start of Phase 1 hadn’t been determined as of Monday but Dovi said the construction timeline would be about 75 days, pending weather.

“I’m excited to see the project get underway,” said Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin.

Tobin said that work, while inconvenient, is a much better alternative than not addressing the area’s infrastructure needs and suggested people be patient with the work and travel delays in the coming months.

“We just want people to be patient and understand the importance of getting these projects done,” he said.