Current City Projects
East State Street Mill & Pave Project
This project is focused on repaving East State/MLK Jr. Street from the Tuning Fork (intersection of State, Green and Seneca Way) to Mitchell Street and improving sidewalk conditions, including ensuring ADA compliance. The worst pavement conditions will be addressed with full depth reconstruction, while the rest of the project will be a two-course asphalt rehabilitation. In addition to replacing a fair amount of sidewalk and curb ramps, the project will also reconstruct a small retaining wall on the north side of the street between Schuyler and Stewart Place. The City is working with TCAT to identify transit improvements, especially bus stop enhancements. Pavement markings will be re-applied after paving – the City is considering locating the uphill bike lane between the parking spaces and the curb-line instead of on the current side next to the motor vehicle lane. Though this project was originally programmed for construction in 2024, the City, the New York State Department of Transportation and the Ithaca Tompkins County Transportation Council have coordinated to accelerate this project to 2023 construction due to deteriorating road conditions. Construction costs are estimated to be over $2 million and 80% of all eligible project costs will be reimbursable with federal aid.
Walkable Ithaca: Giles St. Sidewalk Project
PROJECT START DATE: Monday, Mar 21, 2022
PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: The City of Ithaca’s contractor, O.H. Striping, will make improvements to new sidewalk segments and curb ramps along 500-900 Giles St. and 1100 East State Street. The project will primarily include new granite curb, sidewalks and curb ramps, retaining walls, and drainage improvements. All sidewalks and curb ramps are within the City of Ithaca right of way. This project has been funded in part by the Climate Smart Community Grant Program, Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund through the NYS Department of the Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC).
LOCAL IMPACTS: Beginning March 21st, Giles Street will be closed to thru traffic. A detour will be posted using East State Street (Rt 79), and S. Aurora Street (Rt 96) . Vehicular access within the road closure will be provided for people who live along Giles Street 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 South Hill and East Hill neighborhoods. The City encourages commuters to flex travel times, rideshare and take public transport whenever possible.
After a few weeks, the 1100 block of East State St. will be reduced to one lane and flaggers will provide alternating traffic flow in both directions. People driving or biking should expect delays.
SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: July 1, 2022
PLEASE NOTE: Construction, by nature, is subject to constant change, inclement weather, and unexpected findings.
For additional information contact: John Licitra, Sidewalk Program Manager, City of Ithaca DPW - Engineering (607) 274-6534
South Cayuga Street Bridge Project
PROJECT NAME: South Cayuga St Bridge Project
PROJECT START DATE: July 26, 2021
SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: December 31, 2021
PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: This project is a bridge rehabilitation (Full Superstructure Replacement) project and includes complete removal of superstructure and replacement with multi-girder bridge with concrete deck also removal and replacement of deteriorated concrete on the abutments.
LOCAL IMPACTS: The Bridge will be fully closed during construction. All vehicular and pedestrian traffic will utilize a signed off-site detour.
For additional information contact: Addisu Gebre, Bridge Systems Engineer, DPW - Engineering (607) 274-6530
GREEN STREET REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
College Ave Student Agencies Properties
South Albany Street Bridge Project
Draft Project Scoping Report: South Albany Street Bridge
Application Parcel 10
The City of Ithaca intends to file an application to the NYS Office of General Services to take title to a small piece of land at the entrance to the Farmers Market on the north side of the railroad tracks. This parcel was once under water and thus belongs technically to New York State. The City intends to use the parcel as an extension of Third Street.
Notice of Application Parcel 10 with map
New sidewalks outside Sidewalk Improvement Districts
Cecil A Malone Bridge Project
College Ave Student Agencies Properties: Existing Building Demolition/New Building Construction
Project Name: 411 – 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
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