There have been concerns raised on why the trees along Main Street in the City of Cortland were cut down and not relocated to another area.
When the city was in the planning and engineering phase of the project, all trees on Main Street were examined to decide the best course of action for them. The reasoning behind the removal and not replacement was due to the roots underneath the trees.
The root systems were spread well underneath the street and sidewalks, which would make it impossible to continue construction without removing them. Survival of the trees would be highly unlikely if the trees were relocated.
The lack of trees on Main Street though is only temporary. New trees and greenery will be planted towards the end stages of the project, expected in 2024.
Along with new trees and greenery next year, new sidewalks, curb lines, paving, and street lighting will be included. Next year’s project remains in the planning stages and will be made public once decided.
The latest updates on Downtown Cortland construction may be found at CrownCityRising.com.