City of Cortland Awarded $10k to Help With Gateway Study
The City of Cortland’s gateway enhancement project which includes improvements aimed at strengthening the city’s downtown connection to Interstate 81 received a boost, a local not for profit agency has pledged $10 thousand dollars toward the effort.
Back in June the Cortland City Council voted to spend $30 thousand dollars to hire Syracuse based C & S Engineers to develop a plan to bring more travelers from the interstate to downtown through a gateway enhancement plan.
Engineers have completed the draft proposal after getting some feedback from the public.
The design proposals include streetscape work, signage, and lighting improvements. Other suggestions aimed at increasing traffic downtown include decorative columns, walls, and monuments.
The proposal includes some new lighting on the Clinton Street Bridge that crosses the Tioughnioga River as well as new lighting and other improvements around the intersection of Clinton Avenue, River Street, and Pomeroy Street.
The plans call for the construction of a traffic circle or roundabout at the intersection of Clinton, Church, and Elm Streets to improve traffic flow and lessen confusion for out of town travelers. The traffic circle would require the demolition of the long vacant church that stands on the corner of Elm Street.
This week the City Council received $10 thousand from the Seven Valley Health Coalition to help offset the initial $30 thousand dollar expense. The agency was able to pledge the money because the proposed upgrades would include multi modal improvements, such as the addition of bike lanes on Clinton Avenue.
City Administrator Mack Cook says the draft plans are now being presented to the gateway steering committee, and will soon be released to the public.