September 2, 2009


Railroad upgrades six crossings in county

Work at sites in city, Cortlandville and Marathon expected to be finished by end of month

RailsBob Ellis/staff photographer
Workers from New York Susquehanna & Western Railway remove blacktop Aug. 25 from the Elm Street crossing in Cortland.

Staff Reporter

Employees of a railroad company are finishing a project to upgrade or replace six railroad crossings in Cortland County — four in the city of Cortland, one in Cortlandville and one in Marathon.
Work on the project began in June and is expected to be completed later this month, said Melanie Boyer, spokesperson for New York Susquehanna & Western Railway, which owns the tracks and is funding the project.
It is being completed to make the road surface at the crossings smoother and easier for cars to cross.
The Cooperstown-based company has finished upgrading the crossings on Route 281 in Cortlandville and on Port Watson Street, Clinton Avenue and Elm Street in the city.
The city Department of Public Works assisted in upgrading the Elm Street crossing by hauling blacktop and spreading it on the road last Tuesday, said DPW Superintendent Christopher Bistocchi.
The project did not require the DPW to use any additional workers or overtime hours, Bistocchi said.
Workers are finishing upgrades at the crossing on Grant Street in the city.
The project also includes upgrading a railroad crossing on Route 221 in Marathon.
The New York Susquehanna and Western Railway, a private company, operates over 400 miles of track in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, according to its Web site.
The service transports commodities such as animal feed, building materials, chemicals and aggregates to its customers in New York state.


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