Current City Projects

Cornell Street- Mill and Pave

PROJECT LOCATION: Cornell Street from Maple Avenue to Mitchell Street

PROJECT START DATE: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: Mill/ remove old asphalt, reset manholes and repave the street.  

LOCAL IMPACTS: Street closed to through traffic and No on-street parking

RECOMMENDED/ STATE DETOURS IN PLACE: Mitchell Street to Ithaca Road

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: Friday, August 24, 2018

For additional information and questions please contact Cliff Murphy, Supervisor of Streets at (607) 272-1718


Albany Street Reconstruction

PROJECT LOCATION: Albany Street from Green Street to Court Street: 100 Block of South Albany Street, 100, 200, 300 Blocks of North Albany Street

PROJECT START DATE:  August 13, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: G. DeVincentis and Son Construction Company shall be reconstructing four blocks of Albany Street. The Contractor shall begin the reconstruction activities along Albany Street on Monday, August 13, 2018. The work includes but is not limited to the following items:

  • Installation of new drainage structures and piping.
  • Removal of existing stone curbing and replacement with granite curbing.
  • Installation of a concrete base for a T-Cat Bus Shelter in front of the Salvation Army Building.
  • Removal and installation of ADA compliant pedestrian ramps at intersections.
  • Removal and replacement of existing asphalt and subbase.

LOCAL IMPACTS: T-CAT Bus routes will be changed to accommodate this work. Please check with T-CAT for scheduling and locations during these operations.

There will be substantial traffic impacts as the Contractor will close the blocks being worked on, open to local traffic only when possible.

Detours will be set up for travel around the block being worked on.

There will be No Parking during operations on the block being worked on.

Driveway replacements will impact local residents and building owners as the driveway concrete will require cure time before we can put traffic back on the driveways. This delay should be approximately 7 Days.

Sidewalk closures will occur with pedestrians will be detoured around the work areas.

There may be times when one lane of the road is open, however, please be alert to changing work zone conditions.

RECOMMENDED DETOURS:

Roadway detours will be posted as well as pedestrian detours.

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: Late October 2018

For additional information and questions please contact City of Ithaca Department of Public Works, Engineering Division: (607) 274-6530


West Martin Luther King Jr./ State Street Corridor Enhancements

PROJECT LOCATION: West Martin Luther King 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, install 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.

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: October 25, 2018.

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.

FAQs for the West Martin Luther King Jr./ State Street Corridor Enhancement Project

East Spencer Street

PROJECT LOCATION: East Spencer Street between East Clinton Street and South Cayuga Street

PROJECT START DATE: June 1, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION & GOAL: Construction, excavation, and concrete work to replace the existing sidewalk, retaining wall, asphalt, and curb.

LOCAL IMPACTS: The road will be closed to vehicles between 7:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday- Friday. There will be no vehicle parking along Spencer Street between S. Cayuga and 126 East Spencer at all times. 

RECOMMENDED DETOURS or STATE DETOURS IN PLACE: No detour at this time.

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: August 22, 2018

For additional information and questions please contact Johnathan Licitra- Sidewalk Program Manager jlicitra@cityofithaca.org or (607) 274- 6534.

East State Street Sewer Replacement Project

Water and Sewer crews will move into Stage 3 of the East State Street Sewer Replacement Project on July 19, 2018.  This work continues on the overall project replacing the 75-year-old sanitary sewer interceptor between the Tuning Fork and Mitchell Street.

Stage 3 involves sawcutting pavement in anticipation of replacing 700 linear feet of main as well as water and sewer services from Stewart Avenue to Eddy Street.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  Major sewer main replacement, water and sewer services, road surface reconstruction.

PROJECT GOAL:   Increase the capacity of 75-year-old sanitary sewer interceptor between Stewart Avenue and Eddy Street.       

PROJECT START DATE:  Stage 3 - Tentatively, July 19, 7:00 AM – Continue from Stage 2 to begin saw cutting pavement in anticipation of replacing 700-LF of main and water and sewer services from Stewart Avenue to Eddy Street.  On or around July 19, this section of roadway will be placed into alternating one-way during the day using either signal lighting or flagging.

Stage 3 completion – Tentatively Friday, September 7, 2018, 4:00 PM where replacement of the next section will begin under Stage 4.

ENTIRE PROJECT SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE:  On or around October 31, 2018

LOCAL IMPACTS: East State Street will be reduced to a single lane controlled by either one-way traffic lights or flagging during the day.  Signals or flaggers will be position at the eastbound Stewart Avenue intersection and on the westbound Eddy Street intersection.  Expect heavy east and westbound State Street delays.  On or around July 23, Ferris Place will be closed to thru traffic forcing residential traffic to use S. Quarry Street for ingress and egress.  On or around August 13, N. and S. Quarry Street will be closed to thru traffic.  S. Quarry residential traffic will be forced to use Ferris Place for ingress and egress.  At the end of each working day (roughly 5:00 pm), the City is expected to return operation of State Street back to 2-way and lift the detour on the side streets. 

RECOMMENDED DETOURS: From E. Green Street heading eastbound onto East State Street – Will be controlled with a one-way traffic light or flagger at Stewart Avenue.  From East State Street, heading westbound into City – Will be controlled with a one-way traffic light or flagger at Eddy Street.  Ferris Place – Will be closed to thru traffic on or around July 23 and traffic ingress and egress to Ferris will be through S. Quarry Street.  S. Quarry Street - On or around August 13, S. Quarry Street will be closed to thru traffic and ingress and egress to S. Quarry will be through Ferris Place.  N. Quarry Street – On or around August 13, N. Quarry Street will be closed to thru traffic.  Eastbound vehicles intending to head south toward East State Street will be directed along Buffalo past N. Quarry to Eddy Street.  Westbound traffic intending to head south toward East State Street will be directed along Buffalo past N. Quarry to Aurora Street. 


Spencer Rd Sidewalk and Traffic Improvements 2018

 PROJECT LOCATION: 400 block Spencer Road and 800 block South Meadow St.

 PROJECT START DATE: Monday, July 23, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This project consists of the following:

  • Building new sidewalk on the north side of the 400 block of Spencer Road and the west side of South Meadow Street Extension (800 block)
  • Dead-ending the 400 block of Spencer Road at its intersection with Stone Quarry Road (meaning all vehicular traffic to/from Stone Quarry Road will have to use the roundabout at Albany Street). A pedestrian/bicycle cut through will be maintained for the length of Spencer Road.
  • Installing curbing and related stormwater infrastructure
  • Milling and paving the streets
  • Rebuilding sidewalk ramps on localized sections and associated curbing.

LOCAL IMPACTS: Beginning on July 23rd, the City’s Contractor will be performing road work on the stretch of the 400 block Spencer Road (approximately 700 ft. of construction) and 800 block South Meadow St. Extension (approximately 450 ft. of construction). These two blocks will be closed to vehicular through traffic. Access will be maintained for businesses and residences, however, on-street parking will be limited at times.

RECOMMENDED DETOURS: There will be no posted detours. Alternate traffic routes will be maintained through Route 13 and Old Elmira Rd towards the downtown area. Stone Quarry Road will remain open to access South Hill.

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: October 1, 2018

Questions, concerns or accessibility issues should be forwarded to the Engineering Department at 274-6530 or contact Eduardo Torres (Project Manager) at the office phone 274-6422.


East Buffalo Street Pavement Work

PROJECT LOCATION: East Buffalo Street between North Aurora Street and Eddy Street

PROJECT START DATE: Monday, June 25, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: Paving and sidewalk work to replace the temporary pavement installed during 2017 utility work.

LOCAL IMPACTS: During active work, traffic will be reduced to a single, two- way travel lane controlled by flaggers. A full or partial closure may be required for short periods while working within intersections. During sidewalk work, pedestrians will be directed to the opposite side of the street. Construction operations will occupy some parking spaces in the active work zone.

Construction operations will begin at Aurora Street and progress to Eddy Street. Roadway work will begin with milling, paving will follow. When paving is complete, both travel lanes will be open.

Motorists should expect minor delays. Please use caution while traveling in the work zone, and be considerate of pedestrians, cyclists, and construction crew.

DETOURS IN PLACE: No detours in place at this time. Brief detours may be necessary during intersection work. Pedestrians will be directed to the opposite side of the street while the sidewalk is under construction.

PROJECT COMPLETION DATE: Roadway work is scheduled to be completed July 12, 2018. At this time regular two-lane traffic will be restored. Sidewalk repairs will continue, with an estimated completion date of August 17, 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, or for additional information, please contact Lynne Yost, PE, Assistant Civil Engineer, Department of Public Works at lyost@cityofithaca.org or (607) 274-6530.


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East State Street Retaining Wall Project

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