October 26, 2021

Work at Tompkins Street intersections to last until July

1 road, 2 projects

Work at two intersections along Tompkins Street in Cortland will last until July but won’t affect traffic routes, a state Department of Transportation official said Thursday.

The work at Tompkins and Owego streets and Tompkins Street and Prospect Terrace are state-funded projects under the state Department of Transportation Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, said DOT Public Information Officer Curtis Jetter.

Work at the intersection of Tompkins and Owego streets includes expanding and extending the curb east of Owego Street, according to plan designs by C&S Companies.

New crosswalks will be painted across Owego street and one immediately east of Owego Street on Tompkins Street along with new pedestrian crossing signs being installed on Tompkins Street.

Similar work will take place at Tompkins Street and Prospect Terrace.

“Alternate routes are not required as traffic will be maintained on site,” Jetter said. Work on the project began Monday.

The intersections are located in areas that have previously been identified for safety improvements, especially to aid SUNY Cortland students.

Students cross Tompkins Street near Prospect Terrace to get to the college and off-campus student housing is located along Tompkins Street and onto Owego Street.

The city will do similar work this summer, said Nic Dovi, the Cortland deputy superintendent of public works.

The city will use a $311,000 grant from the state DOT to add crosswalk signs, repaint crosswalk striping, adjust curbs and upgrade, or install, pedestrian walk signals at:

• Groton Avenue between Townley and Floral avenues

• Groton Avenue between Pleasant Street and Homer Avenue

• Dovi said he wasn’t sure if work at those intersections would effect traffic.