October 27, 2021

Part of city Gateway project almost complete, but delayed

Kevin Conlon/city editor

A Cortland city Department of Public Works crew paves Pleasant Street on Tuesday morning.

Phase 1 of the Cortland Gateway Project to improve the city’s entry is almost complete, though the time frame for full completion is still uncertain due to a street light order delay.

Nic Dovi, the superintendent for the city Department of Public Works, gave an update Tuesday on city infrastructure projects during the Cortland Common Council meeting, including paving on city streets and on the $25 million Gateway Project.

The project focuses on improving the city’s entryway from Exit 11 of Interstate-81 on Clinton Avenue by improving the look and accessibility along with new infrastructure work.

Dovi said Tuesday that Phase 1 of the project — which will cost about $850,000 and includes new masonry work, crosswalks, adding bike lanes from the I-81 exit to the intersection of Pomeroy and River streets — was “90% completed” with signs up, crosswalks painted and masonry work done.

“The only big ticket item on Phase 1 is the street lights aren’t up yet,” Dovi said.

On Wednesday, Dovi said a finish date had not been scheduled for Phase 1 as the contractor, Lancaster Development, had its order of 10 street lights delayed for delivery by a few weeks.

Dovi said these delays were COVID-19 related but he didn’t have more details.

A representative from Lancaster Development referred questions about the project to Dovi.

Kevin Conlon/city editor

Dovi also said during the meeting Tuesday that crews were working on making water connections at Hubbard and Pendleton streets and installing a storm sewer line between Rickard Street and Clinton Avenue as part of Phase 3 of the project.

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

Work on Phase 3, a $10 million effort, is still expected to be completed in spring or summer 2022, Dovi said.

During the meeting Tuesday, Dovi also provided updates on work the Department of Public Works was doing around the city.

Paving has been completed to varying degrees on multiple city streets such as: Pleasant, Van Hoesen and Franklin, and Floral and Salisbury avenues.

Dovi said more work will continue next month on Owego street for sewer line replacements and paving.