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Main Street Construction Updates

Your go-to resource for information about the Main Street infrastructure repair and improvement project.

Construction crews with CCI Companies has begun the two-year project to rebuild Main Street in historic downtown Cortland. The construction is part of the City of Cortland’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, which is being funded in part by a $10 million dollar grant awarded by the State of New York.

Check back regularly for the most up-to-date information about the Main Street construction project. Please note, all detours and construction activity is subject to weather and other related variables.


Winter 2023 - 2024

Construction activities on Main Street has been suspended as the winter approaches, with construction expected to resume in early spring, weather permitting. In the meantime, let's take a closer look at the key developments on Main Street and Groton Ave, shedding light on the progress made and what lies ahead for 2024.


The heart of downtown, Main Street, has been buzzing with construction activity throughout 2023. Notable achievements include the completion of sanitary sewer lines stretching from Clinton Ave to Tompkins Street. Additionally, crews installed sanitary sewer laterals and water mains, ensuring a robust and modernized infrastructure.

Street lights along Main Street were temporarily removed to make way for essential work, but were replaced with temporary lights to maintain visibility and safety during the winter months. Many utility vaults have been rehabilitated or filled, with work continuing in 2024, and storm sewer lines and connections have been skillfully integrated into the existing framework.

A fresh coat of temporary asphalt was added to close the 2023 season, complemented by newly painted traffic markings to allow the community to navigate the upcoming winter.


The Main Street improvements are laying the groundwork for an exciting array of projects scheduled for 2024. Anticipate further utility work, sidewalk removal and installation, curb enhancements, road boxing and changes in road grade. The introduction of new street lighting and the installation of fiber optic lines are also on the horizon. The community will also witness the creation, display and maintenance of public art in downtown.

While Main Street is slated to become a two-way main thoroughfare, it will remain one-way for the winter to accommodate ongoing construction activities. Please note, that minor utility work projects may continue during the colder months to remain on schedule.


The city's commitment to infrastructure improvements is evident, and the anticipation of future projects promises continued enhancements for residents and visitors alike. Stay up-to-date on downtown Cortland's transformation by subscribing to Crown City E-News and following @crowncityrising on Facebook and Instagram.


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