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May 6, 2016

 

Trolley track snarls paving projects

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Downtown traffic weaves through traffic cones designating hazards such as raised manhole covers Thursday on North Main Street. Rotting ties from the old trolley track under the street have complicated the process. Originally scheduled to be completed in mid-June, the project now is expected to run into August.

By JACOB DeROCHIE
Staff Reporter
jderochie@cortlandstandard.net

Problems with the old trolley track under a city street have complicated the ongoing paving work on North Main Street in the city.
The binder course — the lower layer of asphalt — isset to be completed by mid-June, Superintendent of Public Works Chris Bistocchi said Thursday. Originally, the entire project was supposed to be completed by mid-June,but now that completion date has been pushed back to August, he said.
The completion delay came after rotting ties from the old trolley track were found under the street. These rotting ties are what caused the potholes along North Main Street,Bistocchi said, explaining the deteriorating ties caused the asphalt to sink.
To fix the problem, the rotting ties will be removedand replaced with concrete, Bistocchi said.
After the problem with the ties is fixed, the binder course will be finished and then by the end of August the top layer will be added.
This project has created delays to other projects that are set to begin.
The city has begun maintenance work on the water main on Cedar Street, Bistocchi said. Once that water main is complete, two more will be worked on, the one on North Pendleton Street and another on Warren Street.
Another project the Department of Public Works has planned is the paving of Elm Street.
“The paving will begin this (Friday) morning, weather permitted,” Bistocchi said.

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