Current City Projects

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Center & S. Plain Streets Milling, Paving & Curbing Repair

Project Start Date: Monday, October 4, 2021  

Project Location: Center Street 100 – 400 blocks (S. Albany Street to N. Titus ; S. Plain Street 400 block 

Project Location and Goal:  Center Street – Replace damaged or missing curbs mill and repave with 2 courses of asphalt. 

S. Plain Street – Asphalt restoration and curb repairs including island at Center Street.  

Local Impacts: Road closed to through traffic during work hours 7 am to 4 pm.  No on street parking.  

Recommended Detours in Place: S. Albany Street  

Estimated Completion Date: October 12, 2021 

For additional information please contact: Cliff Murphy, Supervisor of Streets, (607) 272-1718


Spencer Road Paving (Phase 3)

Project Start Date: Monday, September 20, 2021

Project Location: Rt 13 S- Salvation Army Building to 560 Spencer Rd

Project Description and Goal: Overlay of existing road with new asphalt

Local Impacts: Road closed to thru traffic during paving

Recommended Detours in Place: None

Scheduled Phase Completion Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021

For additional information please contact: Cliff Murphy, Supervisor of Streets, (607) 272-1718



Inlet Island Sanitary Sewer Pump Station Replacement   

Project Location: Parking lot adjacent to 323 Taughannock Blvd   

Project Description: Completely replace existing pump station. Work includes: bypass pumping to isolate the existing station; removal of existing pumps and control equipment, replacement of wet well top slab, installation of new valve vault, pumps, piping, valves, control panel, and wiring; startup and testing; site restoration.  

Project Start Date & Time:  8:00am, Tuesday, September 7th   

Scheduled Completion Date: Friday, October 8th    

Interruptions to Water Service: None expected 

Local Impacts: A portion of the parking lot adjacent to 323 Taughannock Blvd will be completely closed until the project is complete (see attached map). Approximately 13 parking spaces will be impacted. Access to the open section of the lot will be from the north side (Old Taughannock Blvd) only.  

Recommended Detours: None posted

For additional information contact: Nick Thomas, James Lauper, or Scott Gibson, DPW, Water & Sewer Division: (607) 272-1717

Inlet Island



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
Photo Credit: Allison Usavage (Green Street Garage)

The Green Street Garage will be closing temporarily for reconstruction on March 29, 2021. Garage re-opening is anticipated for late Fall 2021.  

The existing Green Street Garage will undergo demolition this Spring to make way for much needed improvements. When completed, the new garage will feature a total of 7 levels of parking, with an increase of 95 spaces This project comes in combination with the Asteri and the Ithacan development projects. Together, these projects will result in the construction of two 11- story buildings, with 181 permanently affordable living units above a community conference center and 200 market rate apartments. These projects will transform Green Street, with reimagined public spaces and much needed infrastructure updates. Demolition of the existing garage is scheduled to begin in March 29, 2021.

Transportation alternatives are available to city residents and workers through GO ITHACA, a free transportation benefits program from The City of Ithaca and Downtown Ithaca Alliance. Join GO ITHACA for all of these free perks!

  • Free 40 Ride TCAT (transit) Pass; Discounts on monthly pass thereafter 
  • $50 Ithaca Carshare Credit
  • Free $50 gift certificate for biking and walking gear
  • Free Park & Pool / Park & Ride Program
  • And More! 

To register for GO ITHACA, visit goithaca.org or call (607) 391-1389.

Questions about parking in the city can be directed to Kelly Rogers at: (607) 882-2352 or krogers@cityofithaca.org

For any additional inquiries or information please contact City of Ithaca Senior Planner, Jennifer Kusznir at jkusznir@cityofithaca.org

More information about this project can also be found on the Downtown Ithaca Alliance website here.


Catherine Street Rebuild  

PROJECT LOCATION & DATES: All of Catherine Street: Lower half (nearest Eddy Street)- 2021, Upper half (nearest College Ave) to take place after completion of College Ave project. Updates will be provided as timelines solidify.

PROJECT START DATE: 06/01/2021 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: Replace storm sewer, curbing, and sidewalks; Pave with binder course 2021. Complete full paving sometime within the next three years.  

LOCAL IMPACTS: Road closed, no thru traffic, accommodations for residents will be made when possible.

RECOMMENDED OR STATE DETOURS IN PLACE: None 

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: Project completion subsequent to College Avenue project completion timeline- projected September 30, 2023 or 2024 

For additional information contact: Cliff Murphy, Supervisor of Streets (607) 272-1718; email: cmurphy@cityofithaca.org


College Ave Student Agencies Properties

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.

SCHEDULED PROJECT DURATION: 15 months

Questions, concerns or accessibility issues should be forwarded to the City of Ithaca Engineering Department at (607) 274-6530


South Albany Street Bridge Project
Draft Project Scoping Report: South Albany Street Bridge

South Albany Street Bridge Project Public Information Packet


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

Legal Notice

New sidewalks outside Sidewalk Improvement Districts


Addenda to City Code & Memo to Board of Public Works: Needed sidewalks not within Sidewalk Improvement Districts

Declaration of Lead Agency for Environmental Review

Fall Creek Drive- Environmental Assessment Form

Oak Avenue- Environmental Assessment Form


Cecil A Malone Bridge Project

This project will include replacing the existing bridge to eliminate the bridge structural deficiencies and provide a wider bridge deck to accommodate heavy industrial traffic, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

Public Information Packet 

Questions and comments concerning this project should be directed to Addisu Gebre, Bridge Systems Engineer, at agebre@cityofithaca.org by October 2, 2020 


Cecil A Malone bridge



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.

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


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