November 30, 2021

Clinton Avenue project

Work on track to be mostly complete by November

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

A worker lays concrete this week on a Clinton Avenue sidewalk. Much of the work for the year on the two year project is on track to end by November. The project will resume next April.

Work on Clinton Avenue in Cortland to replace aging infrastructure and repave the road is on schedule to be mostly complete by November while other work continues, a city official said.

Sanitary sewer lines and storm lines have been replaced and the majority of curb work has been completed on the street, Public Works Superintendent Nic Dovi said Monday.

Work to install new sidewalks began Monday and is scheduled to continue through Oct. 1, along with excavation of the road for paving starting from Pomeroy Street, according to an update letter sent Sept. 15 from contractor G. DeVincentis & Son Construction Co., Inc.

Installation of light pole bases has begun as well, Dovi said.

The work — part of Phase 3 of the city’s $11.2 million Gateway Project — includes replacing old storm sewers and gas lines along with repaving the road, adding bike lanes and new lights, among other improvements.

Phase 3 costs a little under $9.1 million, Dovi said.

Work on the street from Clinton Avenue and Pomeroy Street to the railroad tracks just east of North Greenbush Street on Clinton Avenue will go until November, the letter said.

“We’re looking pretty good as far as scheduling goes,” Dovi said.

Paving will begin either at the end of September or beginning of October, he said. Road striping and landscaping will begin about the same time.

Clinton Avenue — which closed to through traffic in April — will still be closed to through traffic until work finishes for the season.

Work is scheduled to resume in April 2022 from the railroad tracks west to Main Street, the letter said.

The Gateway Project is meant to enhance the city’s entryway off Interstate 81 down Clinton Avenue and provide a good impression of the city for visitors and residents alike, Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin has said.

It also aims to make the city more accessible for people traveling on bicycles or walking.

Phase 1 of the project, which included installing new masonry work and crosswalks, and Phase 2, which replaced water mains along the street, have already been completed, Dovi said.

The $11.2 million Gateway Project will be funded by grants and money budgeted by the city.

Elsewhere in the city, work on Owego Street to replace sanitary sewer laterals were replaced Tuesday, Dovi said.

Work now shifts to staging new precast storm sewer catch basins and installing them later this week.

Installation should last about three weeks before new curbs are installed and the road is resurfaced.

The cost of replacing the pipes is about $310,000 and funded through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund through the state Environmental Facilities Corp, Dovi has said.