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Groton Avenue Public Improvement Project

The City of Cortland is partnering with BCA Architects & Engineers of Ithaca for a reconstruction project on Groton Avenue that will last until 2025 and cost an estimated $7.9 million.

Check Project Updates regularly for the most up-to-date information about the Groton Avenue Public Improvement Project and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Please note, all detours and construction activity is subject to weather and other related variables.

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The Groton Avenue project centers on the 2,400 linear feet stretch from Otter Creek Place to Main Street. The engineering aspect of the project is expected to last two years. The construction portion of the project is tentatively set to get underway in the spring of 2023.

The project will include - 

• Extension of Clinton Avenue

• Complete road construction, including street pavement of each travel lane, granite curbing and underdrain

• Replacement of subsurface utilities, including sanitary sewer, storm sewer and the potable water distribution systems

• Decreased curb-to-curb width

• Replacement of sidewalks with ADA-compliant sidewalks

• Concrete sidewalk ramps at each intersection

• Replacement of traffic and pedestrian signals at the intersections of Graham Avenue and Homer Avenue/Pleasant Street

• Installation of streetscape amenities, including street lighting, trees, landscape plantings and turf establishment

• Formalized bicycle provisions​​

Additional Projects

A new striping pattern will be developed approaching Main Street. The current three-lane approach will be updated to the following -

• Revised to two-lane approach (eastbound left, and eastbound thru/right)

• Wider sidewalk

• Integrates with the new Main Street traffic pattern

Project Timeline


BCA will prepare final bid documents


BCA will Analyze Contractor Bids


Begin Construction – Approximately June 15th


City will publicly advertise for construction bids


BCA will Recommend Award of Contract to Lowest Responsible Bidder


Complete Construction – Approximately November 15th, 2024


BCA and the City will Conduct a Bid Opening


BCA will Gather all Required Documentation from Selected Contractor and Issue Notice to Proceed


Participating Organizations

City of Cortland New York
Cortland County Business Development Corporation Industrial Development Agency
Cortland Area Chamber of Commerce
Experience Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau
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