Current City Projects

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.


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.


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

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

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. 

HectorSt_Construction Details_Map_11x17

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


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 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.

To receive regular construction updates please register for Swift911 and be sure to look for the “+ Subscriptions” and add “Construction Updates”.