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Posted on: June 4, 2019

Construction Update: NYSEG Utility Work- West Hill

Construction Update: NYSEG Utility Work- West Hill

PROJECT LOCATION: West Hill, Ithaca; 200- 400 blocks Warren Place; 100-400 blocks Taylor Place; 200-400 blocks Richard Place; Sunrise Road (all); Cliff Park Road (all); Cliff Park Circle (all); Haller Blvd. (all); Hook Place (all); 200-500 blocks Chestnut St; Elm Crest Circle (all); 300-500 blocks Elm Street Extension.

PROJECT START DATE: Ongoing

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

According to NYSEG, this gas main replacement is part of a PSC 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.

The gas utilities will be improved in three separate phases:

Phase 1- Installation of a new gas main. No gas service interruptions expected.

Phase 2 – Service Connections to the new gas main. Planned to begin when Phase 1 for all named streets is complete. Advance notice will be given for half-day interruption of service.

Phase 3 – Restoration of disturbed areas to equal or better condition. Planned to begin when Phase 2 for named streets is complete. No gas service interruptions expected. Temporary closure of sidewalk and driveway access possible.

LOCAL IMPACTS: If traffic is reduced to a single travel lane during the work day, access will be controlled with flaggers. Travel will be maintained in two directions. Work in intersections may require full or partial closure of intersections for a day or two. If streets or travel lanes are closed to speed the work, you will still be able to access your home, but may encounter a brief delay. Through traffic will be detoured around the block.

During Phase 2 work, some properties will have trenching in front lawns. Residents are encouraged to photograph pre-construction conditions to help ensure that Phase 3 restoration will be in kind.

Motorists should expect minor delays, use caution in the work zone and be considerate of people walking, biking and working in the area.

Permanent restoration work will occur during Phase 3. Restoration during Phases 1 and 2 will be temporary.

Phase 1 work is underway on Warren Place.  Work will progress next to Taylor Place and then move to Richard Place.

DETOURS IN PLACE: Brief detours to adjacent streets may be necessary during active work in intersections. Pedestrians will be redirected while sidewalk is under construction. Some short-term sidewalk or driveway closures adjacent to active work are possible.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS: Approximately 10 parking spaces adjacent to the active work zone could be removed from public use. Construction operations and material storage will occupy some parking spaces on the affected streets.

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: Estimated completion date is December 31, 2019. PLEASE NOTE: Construction, by nature, is subject to constant change, inclement weather, and unexpected findings. City of Ithaca will be meeting with DDS Companies and NYSEG regularly.

The best way to get the latest information about the project schedule or impacts is to talk with the on-site construction supervisor.

Specific questions about your property or special accommodation requests can be directed to Doug Stafford dlstafford@nyseg.com; 607-227-2754 or Rob Malarkey RMalarkey@nyseg.com; 607-766-1456.

For other questions please contact Assistant Civil Engineer Lynne Yost: lyost@cityofithaca.org; (607) 274-6530

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