A new speed limit will be in place on two streets within the City of Cortland after the Common Council voted to reduce the speed limit on portions of Miller and Main Street within the City of Cortland.
Cortland Mayor Scott Steve said the proposal to reduce the speed limit on Miller Street came from the planned opening of the Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services facility, vehicles trying to cut through the traffic light on Homer Ave. and North Main Street, and the location of a daycare on the street.
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.
Councilmember Beckwith raised concerns on the idea of reducing the speed limit on two streets saying it could “open a can of worms” in regards to other street speed limits within the city limits. Beckwith suggested that if the city were to reduce the speed limit, the city should just reduce all the streets, but noted people will speed no matter what citing he lives on a dead end street and it happens there too.
The reduction on Miller Street will be between North Main Street to Morris Ave. and for Main Street, between Groton/Clinton Ave. to Port Watson/Tompkins Street. The new speed limit will be reduced from 30 mph to now 25 mph. The main reason for the reduction is for increased safety on both streets.
Beckwith was the only no vote in the proposed local law to reduce the speed limit. The law will take effect as soon as the filing is done with the Office of the New York Secretary of State.