Current City Projects

Buffalo Street Wastewater Pumping Station, Repairs & Maintenance  

PROJECT LOCATION: Center of Intersection North Meadow & West Buffalo Streets

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Perform preventive checks and maintenance on all 3 pumps and station piping, plus replace a leaking check valve, and clean wet well.

PROJECT GOAL: Annual Preventive Maintenance and replace check valve.

PROJECT START DATE & TIME:  9:00 AM Wednesday June 27th, 2018

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATES: 3:00 PM Wednesday June 27th, 2018

LOCAL IMPACTS: North Meadow Street (north bound NYS RT 13) will be narrowed from three lanes north bound to one lane north bound beginning at the intersection of West Seneca Street and ending 150-Feet north of the intersection of West Buffalo Street. We expect traffic delays along Meadow Street (north bound NYS RT 13) from the intersection of Elmira Road north to the intersection of West Court Street. The right turn lane for traffic westbound on West Buffalo Street turning right (north) onto North Meadow Street will be closed, and no right turns from West Buffalo Street onto North Meadow Street will be possible during the work.

RECOMMENDED DETOURS: For west bound traffic on West Buffalo Street planning to turn right (north) onto North Meadow Street it is recommended that they turn right (north) onto either N. Cayuga, N. Albany, or N. Plain Sts., go 1-block north, then turn left (west) on West Court Street, and take West Court Street all the way to North Meadow Street.

For additional information contact: Erik Whitney, Don Corwin, Nick Thomas,or James Lauper with DPW, Water & Sewer Division at
(607) 272-1717                          

West Martin Luther King Jr. Street Corridor Enhancements

PROJECT LOCATION: West MLK Jr/State Street (Rt 79), between Floral Avenue (Rt 13A) and Taughannock Blvd.

PROJECT START DATE: Monday, June 25, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The project will widen the south sidewalk, install a new traffic signal at the Floral Avenue intersection, installs a new signalized mid-block pedestrian crossing and re-aligns the intersections of West Seneca and Brindley Streets along the West MLK, Jr. (West State) Street corridor between Floral Avenue and Taughannock Boulevard.  The project includes milling and resurfacing the existing pavement, installation of bike lanes by reducing the number of through travel lanes, curbing, sidewalk, drainage improvements, landscaping enhancements, and new pavement markings.

LOCAL IMPACTS: The sidewalk on the south side of the street will be closed and a pedestrian detour will be signed to use the sidewalk on the north side of the street. Traffic will otherwise be maintained in both directions at all times in at least one lane, though lane shifts and a lane closure are expected. Motorists should expect delays and should use caution in the work zone, with special consideration for and awareness of people walking, biking and working in the area.

DETOURS IN PLACE: No lane closures required detours. The only detour that will be posted is for pedestrians to use the north side of the street while the south sidewalk is under construction.


PLEASE NOTE: Construction, by nature, is subject to constant change, inclement weather, and unexpected findings.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, or for additional information, please contact: Time Logue, Director of Engineering, Department of Public Works (607) 274-6535

Forest Home Drive Slope Stabilization Project (Phase II)




LOCAL IMPACTS: Forest Home Drive will be closed from the Thurston Avenue intersection to the service drive of Olin Laboratory for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Access to the Forest Home parking garage and the Toboggan Lodge parking lot will be maintained from the east.

RECOMMENDED DETOURS: No formal detours have been posted. Motorist may consider taking alternate routes.

For additional information contact Bridge Systems Engineer Addisu Gebre (607) 274-6536.

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Wayfinding During Construction

From May- October 2018 the City will be undergoing infrastructure updates that will render some of the most frequently traveled routes to operate under restrictions and possible delays. A team comprised of various representatives form the City, the DIA, Chamber of Commerce, Cornell Planning Department, CVB, & Tompkins County Tourism have worked together to create a map for aide in getting around town during the East State Street Construction projects. Temporary Wayfinding Map


To request a printable file of this document or with questions, concerns, or additional assistance regarding the temporary alternate routes map please contact Public Information Specialist Melody Faraday via email at or direct line (607) 274-6571.

900 - 1010 East State Street Gas Main Replacement Project

PROJECT START DATE: Monday, May 7, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: On behalf of NYSEG, the DDS Companies will install a new 6” gas main and service connections from the intersection of Mitchell Street & East State Street to 1010 East State Street.

REASON FOR WORK: “This NYSEG gas main replacement is part of a NYS Public Service Commission mandated program to replace aging infrastructure. This replaced infrastructure includes piping that is considered to have future potential for leakage and is classified as leak-prone. This PSC mandated replacement program provides NYSEG a capital investment mechanism that supports public safety. The new main will add and provide more consistent operating pressure and increased reliability to the customers we serve in the immediate areas. The new gas main will have an expected life of 20 years or more.”

LOCAL IMPACTS: East State Street will be closed to through traffic in both directions between Mitchell Street and Bridge Street, including nights and weekends, for the duration of the work. The intersection of Giles Street and Cornell Street will remain open. Access to driveways will be maintained inside the work zone, but residents may experience some delays getting in and out of the work area. During active work, flaggers and construction personnel will assist residents in the work area to access driveways. Permanent restoration work will occur at the end of the project.

Additionally, the sidewalk on the northeast side of the intersection of East State Street and Mitchell Street will also be closed, as will the sidewalk on the north side of East State Street for approximately 100 feet to the east. The City will work with DDS to have the sidewalk restored as soon as the gas work is completed.

DETOURS IN PLACE: Inbound (westbound) traffic is detoured from East State St. (Rt 79) to Pine Tree Rd to Route 366 and back into the City to the intersection of East State St and Mitchell Street.

Outbound (eastbound) traffic is detoured from East State St. (Rt 79) to Route 366 to Pine Tree Rd. to the intersection of Pine Tree Road and Route 79.

The detour is posted along the route and all heavy vehicles and trucks should use the detour. There are no alternate routes that are suitable for heavy vehicles and trucks. Residents and visitors to addresses on East State Street between Mitchell Street and Pine Tree Road will have necessary access aside from possible brief exceptions at locations where active work is underway. Some short-term sidewalk closures adjacent to active work are expected.

Revisions are in progress for the detour signs at the Mitchell/Ithaca intersection and directional signs at the State/Mitchell intersection. Traffic law enforcement has been increased on some streets experiencing heavier than normal traffic. Speed feedback signs (real-time speed displays) will be temporarily placed on heavily travelled streets when signs become available. Outreach is ongoing with Google Maps, Waze and 511-NY regarding their suggested detours and detour revisions provided to them from travelers.


SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: Approximately July 14, 2018

General questions and concerns can be directed to Public Information Specialist Melody Faraday:; (607) 274-6571

For project specific questions or requests for special accommodations, please contact Assistant Civil Engineer Lynne Yost:; (607) 274-6530

East State Street Sewer Replacement Project

Water and Sewer crews will begin Stage 1 of the East State Street Sewer Replacement Project on Monday, April 30, 2018.  This work involves replacing the 75 year old sanitary sewer interceptor between the Tuning Fork and Mitchell Street.

Stage 1 -  Begin saw cutting pavement in anticipation of replacing first 500-LF of main and water and sewer services from Tuning Fork to Stewart Avenue.  This work will take approximately 1 week to complete.  On or around May 7, 2018 excavation and replacement of main and appurtenances will begin.  Schuyler Place will be closed to through traffic during Stage 1 work.

Stage 2 - Begin the replacement of the next 500-LF of main and water and sewer services from Stewart Avenue to Quarry Street.

Stage 3 - Begin the replacement of main and water and sewer services from Quarry Street to Mitchell Street.

LOCAL IMPACTS: East State Street will be reduced to a single lane controlled by one-way traffic lights.  Signals will be erected at the eastbound E. Green Street turning lane at the Tuning Fork and on the westbound lane between Schuyler Place and Stewart Avenue.  Expect heavy east and westbound State Street delays.  

RECOMMENDED DETOURSFrom E. Green Street heading eastbound onto East State Street – Will be controlled with a one-way traffic light.  From East State Street, heading westbound into City – Will be controlled with a one-way traffic light.  Schuyler Place – Will be closed to thru traffic.  Eastbound vehicles heading along Buffalo will be directed past Schuyler Pl to Stewart Avenue.  Westbound traffic heading along Buffalo will be directed past Schuyler Pl to Aurora Street.

From Route 96/Aurora Street/The Commons area – State Street will be closed to thru traffic inside the Tuning Fork between East Green Street and Seneca Way. Traffic heading north bound into the City who then turn eastward onto the 300 block of State Street will be diverted northward onto Seneca Way.   

The entire project is scheduled to be complete on or around October 15, 2018. 

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General questions and concerns from the community can be forwarded to Melody Faraday via email at or direct line (607) 274-6571.

Questions specific to the project can be forwarded to the Water & Sewer Division at (607) 272-1717.