PLATTSBURGH — Another day was needed to finish up the city's work on Cornelia Street. 

The project to pave that well-traveled strip, starting at the City and Town of Plattsburgh line and ending at Beekman Street, began on Monday, May 20. 

A city release had said the job was expected to finished by Friday, May 24, but that projection was later extended to Wednesday, May 30. 

Machinery malfunction, Memorial Day weekend and the weather were said to have contributed to the delays.

It was rain that held up the paving process, Mayor Colin Read said, because "for good adherence, it requires dry conditions."



By early Thursday afternoon, the strip wasn't finished.

Drivers could see the portion of Cornelia Street closer to the City and Town of Plattsburgh line had been freshly paved and painted, while the second half, nearest to Beekman Street, hadn't been done yet.

"We hope to finish tonight," Superintendent of Public Works Mike Brodi said Thursday afternoon. 

Community Engagement Coordinator Scott Matthews said weather and equipment issues contributed to the extension, as well. 

The City of Plattsburgh expects the project to be done by Friday morning, May 31. 


As of Thursday, city officials couldn't say if the Cornelia Street project had stayed on budget.

"We will not know until we finish," Brodi said. 



Department of Public Works crews worked on the project overnight from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. to lessen the disruption to traffic. 

But Municipal Lighting Department crews could be seen working there during the day. 

Those city workers were rewiring traffic-light sensors that, once embedded in the asphalt, needed to be replaced after the street's pavement had been ground up, Read said. 

"The milling operation destroyed the traffic loops for the controlled intersections along the route," Municipal Lighting Department Manager Bill Treacy told the Press-Republican.

"This was planned for, and PMLD is in the process of replacing all of the loops that were damaged prior to the paving operation.

"PMLD will continue working to support this project and traffic-light repairs until paving is complete."


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