After some moments of hesitation, Cortland Common Council last night (February 4) voted 7-0 to prohibit both left and right-hand turns from Groton Avenue onto Otter Creek Place.
The local law required a public hearing, which took place last night before the official agenda was opened.
Otter Creek will still technically be a two-way road, with residents of the street authorized to exit from either Groton or Broadway Avenues.
However, anyone caught entering from Groton Avenue will soon be subject to a ticket.
DPW Superintendent Chris Bistocchi attended last month’s council meeting to present them with a recommendation to enact such a measure.
It was first brought to his attention by a concerned resident who wanted to improve safety for both drivers and pedestrians, who often share the narrow pathway and pose significant risk for an accident.
While city leaders agreed that safety was their main concern, initial doubts on changing Otter Creek dealt with the potential congestion it would create at the Townley Avenue intersection – which is also narrow and sees its fair share of daily traffic.
Ultimately, council stuck with Bistocchi recommendation and approved the measure unanimously.
DPW personnel will be out installing signage on Otter Creek over the coming weeks to dictate these changes prior to enforcement.
Stay tuned with WXHC for updates.