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Posted on: August 12, 2019

Construction Update - NYSEG Southside Utility Work - Phase 2

Construction Update: Southside Gas Utility Work by NYSEG in Ithaca- Phase 2

PROJECT LOCATION: 400 block South Geneva St., 300 block North Titus Ave, 200-300 blocks South Titus Ave, 401 South Titus Ave., 502 South Albany St, South Plain St. Bridge.


PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The DDS Companies will install new 6” or 12” 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.

PHASES OF THE WORK: Gas utilities will be improved in three separate phases:
Phase 1 -  (Nearly complete.) Installation of New Gas Main. No gas service interruptions expected.

Phase 2 – (Starting now.) Service Connections. Both new and old gas mains will be active until all individual services are moved to the new main. Advance notice will be given for each planned half-day interruption of gas service. During Phase 2 work, some properties will have trenching in front lawns or across driveways. Residents are encouraged to photograph pre-construction conditions to help ensure that restoration will be in kind. 

Phase 3 – Restoration of disturbed areas to equal or better condition. Planned to follow Phase 2 work closely. No gas service interruptions expected. Temporary closure of sidewalk and driveway access possible.

LOCAL IMPACTS: Several city blocks are closed to speed the work. Alternate route detours are in place. You can still access homes located on closed streets, but may encounter a brief delay during periods when work is underway. 

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 2 work is underway on S. Geneva St and will move to S. Titus Ave next. Intensive work near the Plain St Bridge will continue until late August.

DETOURS IN PLACE: Several detours away from active work to adjacent streets are in place. 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 will 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 Rob Malarkey; 607-766-1456 or Doug Stafford; 607-227-2754.

For other questions please contact Assistant Civil Engineer Lynne Yost:; (607) 274-6530

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