Current City Projects

Railroad Crossing Replacements along Fulton Street

PROJECT LOCATION: Railroad Crossings along Fulton Street (NYS Rt 13 Southbound), at West Buffalo Street (NYS RT 89/96), West Seneca Street (NYS Rt 79 Westbound), and West State/MLK Jr. Street (NYS Rt 79 Eastbound).

PROJECT START DATE:

Buffalo Street RR X’ing: Monday, June 1st – Friday, June 5th 

Seneca Street RR X’ing: Monday, June 8th – Friday, June 12th 

State/MLK JR. Street RR X’ing: Monday, June 15th – Friday, June 19th 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A contractor working for the Ithaca Central Railroad will be replacing the railroad crossings at these locations. The railroad is taking advantage of a scheduled closure of a major customer in June. Each crossing is expected to take two to three days, but extra days are being schedule for work zone traffic control set-up/take down and contingencies. Each crossing will be a full closure of the roadway at the crossing, including the sidewalks. The tracks will be fully removed at the crossing and then reconstructed. The work is being permitted by the New York State Department of Transportation in coordination with the City of Ithaca.

LOCAL IMPACTS: Each week, the roadway at one of the railroad crossings will be fully closed to vehicular traffic. A detour will be posted. Sidewalks will also be fully closed at the crossings and pedestrian detours will be posted. NOTE: The Hector Street Complete Streets project will continue to have Hector Street (Rt 79) closed to through traffic. The Hector Street detour will continue to be in/out of the City on Rt 96; the routing of this detour will not be modified, but the two detours will overlap in places. People driving, bicycling, or walking in the area should expect delays, follow the posted detours or find alternate routes.

DETOURS IN PLACE:

Buffalo Street Detour: Westbound traffic will proceed one block to the south, turn west onto Seneca Street, turn north on Taughannock Boulevard and end detour at Buffalo Street. Eastbound traffic will turn south at Taughannock Blvd, proceed two blocks to the south and turn east onto West State/ MLK Jr. Street and end detour.

Seneca Street Detour: Westbound traffic will proceed one block to the south, turn west onto State/MLK Jr. Street, turn north on Taughannock Boulevard and end detour at Seneca Street. This is a one-way street, so there is no eastbound traffic. Access will be provided to the driveways between Fulton St. & Taughannock Blvd. by a flagger stationed at the intersection of Seneca & Taughannock Blvd.

West State/MLK Jr. Street Detour: Westbound traffic will need to use Seneca Street (one block to the north), turn south on Taughannock Boulevard and end detour at West State/MLK Jr. Street. Please note that, due to the one-way street pattern, this requires an earlier turn for southbound traffic on Fulton Street (turn on Seneca instead of State St), and a later turn for northbound traffic on Meadow Street (onto Seneca St instead of State St). Similarly, westbound traffic coming from downtown on West State Street should turn north on Meadow St and west on Seneca Street. The detour for eastbound traffic will turn north at Taughannock Blvd, proceed two blocks to the north, turn east onto West Buffalo Street, turn south onto Fulton Street (Rt 13 SB) and end detour.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS: There is no parking in this area.

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: June 19, 2020

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

For additional information contact: Tim Logue, Director of Engineering, Dept. of Public Works, Engineering Div. TLogue@cityofithaca.org, (607) 274-6535


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


Gas Main Replacement/Services Spencer Rd & South Meadow Street Extension

PROJECT LOCATION: Spencer Rd and 800 Block of South Meadow Street

PROJECT START DATE: Thursday, May 21, 2020

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL:  NYSEG and DDS Companies are scheduled to perform excavation work including gas main replacement/ installation with services on the 400 block of Spencer Road (from Amici House northeast to the Stone Quarry Rd intersection) and the 800 block South Meadow Street Extension (from the Spencer Rd intersection northeast to the Elmira Rd intersection).

LOCAL IMPACTS: Beginning Thursday, May 21, 2020, the contractor will be performing road work on the stretch of the 400 block Spencer Road and 800 block South Meadow St. Extension. This work zone will be set as a one lane closure . Vehicular through traffic will be directed by flaggers as working crews move along the proposed construction limits. 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.

SCHEDULED PROJECT DURATION: 6 Weeks

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


DDS Companies Gas Work in Southside Neighborhood

PROJECT LOCATION: Southside neighborhood area along Plain St., Wood St., Albany St., and Park St.

PROJECT START DATE: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: DDS Companies will install new gas mains (and service connections later) in the project area.

LOCAL IMPACTS: Expect one lane traffic conditions during work hours. Flaggers will direct traffic. Sidewalk detours may occur. 

PROJECT COMPLETION: This preliminary gas main work is expected to take about 4 to 6 weeks.

DETOURS IN PLACE: Detours are not expected for motorists.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS: Construction operations and material storage will occupy some parking spaces on the affected streets.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 precautions, just the gas main work in the street area is being conducted at this time. Individual gas services to residences will be conducted later to minimize risks. This preliminary gas main work is expected to take about 4 to 6 weeks. 

For questions, please contact Kent Johnson, City of Ithaca Assistant Transportation Engineer, at kjohnson@cityofithaca.org.


Hector Street Complete Streets Project

The City of Ithaca will strive to provide information in a timely manner to all of our constituencies.

PROJECT NAME:  Hector Street Complete Streets Project

PROJECT START DATE:  Monday, March 16, 2020

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL:
New and replacement sidewalks will be constructed along Hector St Street between Floral Avenue and 500 feet west of Warren Place.  In addition to the sidewalks, the City of Ithaca’s contractor, Bothar Construction, will be repairing or installing associated retaining walls, curbing, and drainage improvements.  City crews will conduct concurrent construction improvements to the water main and stormwater infrastructure in the corridor. 

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LOCAL IMPACTS:
Beginning on March 16th, Hector St. will be reduced to one lane and flaggers will provide alternating traffic flow in both directions. People driving or biking should expect delays.

Beginning April 1st, Hector Street will be closed to thru traffic. A detour will be posted using Cliff Street (Rt 96), Hayts Road, and Halseyville Road. Vehicular access within the road closure will be provided for people who live along Hector Street and the neighborhood off North Taylor Place, and for emergency responders. People walking or biking through the closure should use caution and obey directions from construction crews. People driving should use the detour or alternative routes and should expect additional travel times, especially in getting through the West End. The City encourages commuters to flex travel times, ride-share and take public transport whenever possible. 

Hector-St-Work Zone Detour Plan

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE:   October 1, 2020

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

For additional information contact: John Licitra, Sidewalk Program Manager, DPW - Engineering: (607) 274-6534

        


Brindley Street Bridge Project

PROJECT START DATEMarch 4, 2019

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: December 31, 2020

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: This project includes the relocation of Brindley Street by connecting Taber Street with the West State Street/Taughannock Boulevard intersection. The existing Brindley Street roadway and structure will remain (with appropriate improvements) and be utilized for pedestrian traffic. The existing bridge will continue to be used by the public during construction of the new bridge and approach roadways until September/October 2020.

As this project is a two-year construction project, timely project updates will be provided to the public as the project progress.

For additional information contact: Addisu Gebre, Bridge Systems Engineer, DPW (607) 274-6530



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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