Current City Projects

South Albany Street Bridge Project Public Information Packet


Center Street Water Main Replacement


PROJECT NAME & LOCATION: Center Street Water Main Replacement, Intersection of Center and Plain Streets 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Work on replacement of the Center Street water main has progressed to the intersection with Plain Street at the traffic circle. The water main will be replaced in the intersection and replacement work will continue north into the 400 Block of South Plain Street.   

START DATE:  Wednesday, June 16th at 7:00am    

COMPLETION DATE: Wednesday, June 30th at 3:30pm   

LOCAL IMPACTS: The intersection of Center and South Plain Streets at the traffic circle will be completely closed to through traffic. Local access only to Center Street and the 400-500 Blocks of South Plain Street.   

RECOMMENDED DETOURS: Southbound traffic on Plain Street should turn left on Clinton Street, right on Albany Street, and right on Wood Street to return to Plain Street.   

Northbound traffic on Plain Street should turn right on Wood Street, left on Albany Street, and left on Clinton Street to return to Plain Street.  

INTERRUPTIONS TO WATER SERVICE: None expected 

For additional information contact: Nick Thomas, Scott Gibson, or Matt Sledjeski with DPW, Water & Sewer Division (607) 272-1717   


NYSEG Work Hyers St and S Albany St 

PROJECT NAME & LOCATION: Gas Utility Work South of Six Mile Creek – 500 block of S. Albany Street and Hyers Street portion  

PROJECT DESCRIPTION & GOAL: Gas main and services installation 

PROJECT START DATE & TIME: Immediately 

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: late July 2021

LOCAL IMPACTS: Hyers Street and the 500 block of S. Albany Street between S. Titus Avenue and Wood Street are closed to through traffic. When necessary, emergency services and residents of those blocks can enter, but may experience delays. Parking impacts will be adjusted with the work progression and residents are asked to park in driveways or on other streets when possible. Pedestrians and bicyclists may experience delays or detours.  

DETOURS: Detour signs will direct northbound traffic for S Albany Street to Wood Street to S. Plain Street to S. Titus Avenue. Southbound traffic for S. Albany Street will be directed to S. Titus Avenue to S. Plain Street to Wood Street.  

Future 2021 phases will include S. Titus Avenue, South Street, Fair Street and S. Plain Street.   

For additional information contact: NYSEG: Julie Hinman, jkhinman@nyseg.com (607) 592-9460 or  City of Ithaca Engineering Division: Lynne Yost lyost@cityofithaca.org; (607) 274-6527


Catherine Street Rebuild  

PROJECT LOCATION & DATES: All of Catherine Street: Lower half (nearest Eddy Street)- 2021, Upper half (nearest College Ave) to take place after completion of College Ave project. Updates will be provided as timelines solidify.

PROJECT START DATE: 06/01/2021 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: Replace storm sewer, curbing, and sidewalks; Pave with binder course 2021. Complete full paving sometime within the next three years.  

LOCAL IMPACTS: Road closed, no thru traffic, accommodations for residents will be made when possible.

RECOMMENDED OR STATE DETOURS IN PLACE: None 

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: Project completion subsequent to College Avenue project completion timeline- projected September 30, 2023 or 2024 

For additional information contact: Cliff Murphy, Supervisor of Streets (607) 272-1718; email: cmurphy@cityofithaca.org



College Ave Student Agencies Properties

PROJECT NAME411 – 415 College Ave Student Agencies Properties: Existing Building Demolition/New Building Construction 

PROJECT LOCATION: 411 – 415 College Ave

PROJECT START DATE: Maintenance and Protection of Traffic Plan and Sidewalk Closures Setup - Tuesday May 19th, 2020

(Demolition Work Starts on Thursday, May 27, 2020)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: Cornell’s Student Agencies and Purcell Construction Corporation are scheduled to start demolition work on Collegetown Bagels building (block building on the corner of College Avenue). The proposed project consists of a six-story building with a lower retail floor space and student housing apartments. Demolition will begin May 27, 2020 with a reopening slated for August 2021.

LOCAL IMPACTS: Beginning on May 19, the Contractor will mobilize and set up the work zone, traffic diversion plan and maintenance & protection plan to direct/prepare pedestrians and motorists for any commuting/diversion changes through College Ave and Oak Ave. A work zone will be set with 2 sidewalk closures along a portion of College Ave East side sidewalk and a portion of the southside Oak Avenue sidewalk. A one lane closure of the Eastbound lane on Oak Ave. will be set for vehicular through traffic headed Eastbound on Cornell Campus, while College Ave will maintain Two way lane traffic. Access will be maintained for businesses, however, on-street parking and loading zone areas will be limited at certain times on specific locations.

RECOMMENDED DETOURS: There will be no posted detours. Traffic will be maintained both ways through College Ave, while Oak Ave will maintain Westbound traffic through.

SCHEDULED PROJECT DURATION: 15 months

Questions, concerns or accessibility issues should be forwarded to the City of Ithaca Engineering Department at (607) 274-6530



South Albany Street Bridge Project
Draft Project Scoping Report: South Albany Street Bridge



Application Parcel 10

The City of Ithaca intends to file an application to the NYS Office of General Services to take title to a small piece of land at the entrance to the Farmers Market on the north side of the railroad tracks. This parcel was once under water and thus belongs technically to New York State. The City intends to use the parcel as an extension of Third Street.

Notice of Application Parcel 10 with map

Legal Notice

New sidewalks outside Sidewalk Improvement Districts


Addenda to City Code & Memo to Board of Public Works: Needed sidewalks not within Sidewalk Improvement Districts

Declaration of Lead Agency for Environmental Review

Fall Creek Drive- Environmental Assessment Form

Oak Avenue- Environmental Assessment Form


Cecil A Malone Bridge Project

This project will include replacing the existing bridge to eliminate the bridge structural deficiencies and provide a wider bridge deck to accommodate heavy industrial traffic, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

Public Information Packet 

Questions and comments concerning this project should be directed to Addisu Gebre, Bridge Systems Engineer, at agebre@cityofithaca.org by October 2, 2020 


Cecil A Malone bridge




College Ave Student Agencies Properties: Existing Building Demolition/New Building Construction 

Project Name411 – 415 College Ave Student Agencies Properties: Existing Building Demolition/New Building Construction

Project Location: 411 – 415 College Ave

Project Start Date: Maintenance and Protection of Traffic Plan and Sidewalk Closures Setup - Tuesday May 19th, 2020

(Demolition Work Starts on Thursday, May 27, 2020)

Project Description and Goal: Cornell’s Student Agencies and Purcell Construction Corporation are scheduled to start demolition work on Collegetown Bagels building (block building on the corner of College Avenue). The proposed project consists of a six-story building with a lower retail floor space and student housing apartments. Demolition will begin May 27, 2020 with a reopening slated for August 2021.

Local Impacts: Beginning on May 19, the Contractor will mobilize and set up the work zone, traffic diversion plan and maintenance & protection plan to direct/prepare pedestrians and motorists for any commuting/diversion changes through College Ave and Oak Ave. A work zone will be set with 2 sidewalk closures along a portion of College Ave East side sidewalk and a portion of the southside Oak Avenue sidewalk. A one lane closure of the Eastbound lane on Oak Ave. will be set for vehicular through traffic headed Eastbound on Cornell Campus, while College Ave will maintain Two way lane traffic. Access will be maintained for businesses, however, on-street parking and loading zone areas will be limited at certain times on specific locations.

Recommended Detours: There will be no posted detours. Traffic will be maintained both ways through College Ave, while Oak Ave will maintain Westbound traffic through.

Scheduled Project Duration: 15 months

Questions, concerns or accessibility issues should be forwarded to the City of Ithaca Engineering Department at (607) 274-6530



Brindley Street Bridge Project

This project has been completed!

The Brindley Street Bridge Project, which first began work in the scoping & design phases in 2014, officially broke ground in March of 2019. This project included the relocation of Brindley Street Bridge by connecting Taber Street with the West State Street/Taughannock Boulevard intersection.

Thanks to the hard work of the City Engineering and DPW Crews, along with the Federal Highway Administration & New York State Department of Transportation, Landscape Architects Trowbridge & Wolf, Project Contractor Economy Paving Co. Inc, and our Project Engineers at Delta Engineers and Architects & Land Surveyors, P.C., the Brindley Street Bridge Project has been brought to successful completion.

Brindley Street Bridges


East State Street Retaining Wall Project

Documents regarding the East State Street Retaining Wall Project can be found here.



Hector Street Complete Street Project

You can find the Design Report for the Hector Street Complete Street Project here.



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