December 5, 2021

Most city work done

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

An excavator dumps dirt Monday into a truck on Delaware Avenue in Cortland. Paving and other work has completed on some city streets while others, like Delaware Avenue, still have work left.

Work by Cortland Department of Public Works crews to mill, pave and resurface city streets is mostly complete, a city official said Monday, though work on some streets by Suit-Kote Corp. is still in the works.

Public Works Superintendent Nic Dovi said Delaware Avenue is the only street left that the city is still working on to repave.

Crews from NYSEG have been working to replace gas mains on the street, said Sarah Warren, the corporate communications manager for NYSEG. The work, which began in July, will in part be used to meet the demand of natural gas consumption with the development of Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex in Cortlandville, she said.

Warren said NYSEG looks to have work finished by Sept. 1.

“The plan is for them to get in there, do the work, have the city come in and pave before school starts in September,” Dovi said.

The remaining streets to be repaved are: Groton Avenue, Wheeler Avenue, Elm Street and Grant Street.

This work will be completed by crews from Suit-Kote, Dovi said, but did not have a time frame for when that work would be completed.

A representative from Suit-Kote could not be reached for comment.

Work on Owego Street to install sanitary laterals will likely be completed this week before new sewer and storm lines are installed, Dovi said. Once that is complete, new paving and curbing will be installed.

Dovi said he hopes to have all underground work and curb work done by the middle of September and have the streets paved shortly after.

Other work, like replacing water mains on North Greenbush Street, was also under way Monday.

A year after the pandemic caused economic shortfalls that prevented many city projects from being accomplished, the following streets were repaved in 2021: Pleasant Street, Floral Avenue, Plaza Drive, Wadsworth Street; Franklin Street; Salisbury Street; Excelsior Street; Van Hoesen Street.