December 6, 2021

Road work ahead

Major construction begins Monday on Clinton Avenue

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

A construction crew works Friday on Clinton Avenue in Cortland. Starting Monday, major work will begin to replace the sub-street infrastructure, lighting and other improvements as part of the city’s $21 million Gateway Project.

Drivers heading toward Clinton Avenue in Cortland should expect detours for the next 18 months — during construction season — as work begins Monday to replace the infrastructure under the street and other improvements.

Nic Dovi, the deputy superintendent for the Cortland Department of Public Works, said Friday that G.DeVincentis & Son Construction Co. of Binghamton will begin work removing old sewer pipes Monday as part of the city’s $21 million Gateway Project to improve the corridor from Interstate 81’s Exit 11 along Clinton Avenue.

This includes replacing old pipes along Clinton Avenue along with adding bike lanes, new lighting and crosswalks, among other improvements.

Dovi said work will be done in sections on Clinton Avenue and the street will be closed off to all traffic except for residents and people going to businesses on the street. Through traffic will be diverted, but Dovi did not have details on where drivers will be sent.

The next major east-west thoroughfare in Cortland would take traffic south on Pomeroy Street to Port Watson Street, which heads west until it meets Main Street two blocks south of Clinton Avenue.

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“It’s going to be a construction zone for next year-and-a-half,” Dovi said.