Construction Projects

 2015 Public Works Construction Projects

Please note that construction, by nature, is weather dependent and subject to constant change and unexpected findings.

South Aurora Street Project

City crews and NYSEG will begin work on South Aurora St. from Prospect St - Coddington Road on Monday, June 8, 2015. Recommended detour: Coddington Road, to Hudson Street, to Aurora Street. Motorists should expect delays!

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Seneca Street Parking Garage Repairs
On Monday, June 8, 2015, the Seneca Street Parking Garage will be undergoing repairs to several parking decks.  Parking will be maintained throughout the garage except in work zones.

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Ithaca Skate Park Expansion Project

Visitors to the Wood Street Park, located at the corner of Wood Street and South Meadow Street, will notice a new fence going up next to the existing 21,000 square foot skate park.  The skate park is being expanded by 6,000 square feet.  Nelson and Streeter Construction, the general contractor on this project, began working with Whitmore Fence on May 21, 2015, to secure the construction zone.  Next week, the general contractor will begin preparing the site with drainage and sub-base/base work.  Hardcore Skateparks, a specialty contractor, will begin in mid-June with pouring concrete/shotcrete to create the new park.  The project is projected to be completed in two months.

This $324,650 project has been made possible by a number of funding sources, including New York State Parks, Tompkins County Tourism, Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA), and community fundraising spearheaded by Andrew Douglas of Homegrown Skate Shop.  Grindline designed the expansion park; visit to see renderings of the new skate park.

Route 13 Pedestrian Crossing Improvements
Starting March 31, 2015, work will begin on improvements to
two pedestrian connections across NYS Route 13 from residential neighborhoods in the City of Ithaca to the Farmers Market and Cayuga Waterfront Trail.  One connection begins with improving the pedestrian road crossings along Third Street at the Franklin Street and NYS Route 13 intersections followed by a shared-use path and sidewalk along Third Street, terminating at the Farmers Market trailhead for the Cayuga Waterfront Trail.  The other connection begins with improving the pedestrian crossing at the NYS Route 13 and Dey/Willow Street intersection followed by both a shared-use path along Willow Street, terminating at the Cayuga Waterfront Trail along Willow Street, and a connection from the intersection to Lincoln Street.  Both connections include new at-grade crossings with the Norfolk Southern Railroad track.

This project is scheduled to be completed by July 21, 2015.

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Cayuga Waterfront Trail - Phase 2
Beginning March 25, 2015 work will begin on the construction of the “middle” of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, a 6 mile shared use path along the southern end of Cayuga Lake, connecting the two-mile trail loop in Cass Park to the Farmers Market. From the market, the existing trail runs out to Stewart Park and East Shore Drive.  This Project is scheduled to be complete by October 1, 2015.

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Old Elmira Road
This project involves reconstructing Old Elmira Road as a “complete street” which means accommodating motor vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit; accommodate and improve access to abutting businesses and residences; improve run-off control from the paved areas of the street and decrease the amount of impermeable surface; provide clear delineation of the public right of way.

This project was partially completed due to the 2014 construction season and will be finished in 2015.

2015 Construction Map