Current City Projects

East State Street Retaining Wall Project

The City of Ithaca Engineering Office will be hosting a public meeting for the East State Street Retaining Wall project on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 from 4pm to 6pm in the second floor conference room of City Hall, 108 East Green Street. City staff and consultants will be in attendance to present the project and the project goals. The desired outcome of the meeting is to get input from the public, which can be used to help determine the scope of the project and to inform preliminary design alternatives.

The project is focused on a very large retaining wall on the south side of East State Street, just uphill (east) from the History Center and the Gateway Plaza building. The City purchased this wall over 100 years ago for a dollar. The wall is showing signs of distress and need to be rehabilitated or replaced. The current alternatives all revolve around the concept of building a new wall south of the existing wall and abandoning the existing wall in place, with the intent to minimize disturbance of East State Street and its motor vehicle traffic.

A draft scoping and design report has been prepared and much of it is available below.  Due to its size, other portions of the draft document can be made available upon request. Written comments will be accepted until January 31st. Please submit such written comments to Tim Logue at or the address above.

Chapter 1 - East State Street Draft Design Report
Chapter 2 - East State Street Draft Design Report
Chapter 3 - East State Street Draft Design Report
Appendix A - Plan and Evaluation Drawings