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Discussion on Reducing Speed Limit on Main Street Begins – Miller Street Mentioned Too

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During the City of Cortland Common Council meeting on Tuesday, Cortland Mayor Scott Steve brought up during the council meeting’s discussion period the idea of reducing the speed limit on both Main Street and Miller Street in the City of Cortland.

Both streets currently have a 30mph speed limit and the idea is to drop down the limit to 25mph. Mayor Steve said a public hearing on the possibility of reducing the speed limit will take place during the next Common Council meeting in January.

The reasoning for the reduction, which for Main Street would be between Clinton/Groton Ave. and Port Watson/Tompkins Street, and the entire stretch for Miller, is for safety.

With Main Street becoming two-way, most likely sometime next year, vehicles will be required to reverse to park in spaces instead of pulling in like it is now on the street, reducing the speed limit would create a safer environment for vehicles backing in/pulling out. It will also increase pedestrian safety with Downtown Cortland a popular area for outings.

On Miller Street, the reduction is for the expected increase in traffic to the future opening of the Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services Methadone treatment facility on Euclid Ave. Mayor Steve also noted vehicles have raced down the street to avoid the traffic light at West Main and Homer Ave.

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