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A Dip in the Road Leads to Clinton Ave. Charles St. Intersection Closure


The heavy rainfall led to some issues for motorists using Charles St. to get to Clinton Ave. on Monday, September 5th.

During the heavy rains pooling of water occurred and the ground below gave way to more water. Due to this, a vehicle traveling from Charles St. to Clinton Ave. had their car partially submerged.

As a result of this, the City of Cortland has announced that the intersection from Clinton to Charles St. is now closed. Those looking to get to Kinney Drugs are advised to take Charles St. from Grant St.

Courtesy of Scott Steve

City of Cortland Mayor Said in a statement that the reason to why this occurred was due to that section of road currently undergoing storm sewer lines installed and the contractor the city has hired for the work made a decision not to connect the new and old lines together before the long weekend.

“Unfortunately, we experienced torrential rains yesterday afternoon with 2” in some areas. Because the old and new pipes were not connected, the storm water had no place to go and the intersection flooded, compromising the blacktop. Cars were following the designated traffic route, but a sink hole eventually developed due to the compromised blacktop and a vehicle sunk into the hole.” Steve said in a statement.

Scott Steve says this is the third incident the city has had with the contractor this construction season, and reassures residents that the City of Cortland will hold the construction company accountable for them to achieve quality and finish the project.

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