Current City Projects

Elm Street Asphalt Repair

Project Location: 100 Block Elm Street

Project Description: Restoration of asphalt road surface area previously removed for storm water repairs.

Project Start Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Scheduled Completion Date: Friday, August 14, 2020

Local Impacts: 100 block of Elm Street will be clsed to all traffic between Floral Ave (13A) & Chestnut Street.

Recommended Detours:
Elm Street to Chestnut Street to Sunrise Road to Hector Street; or Hector Street to Sunrise Road to Chestnut Street to Elm Street

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



Giles Street Repaving

Project Location  Giles Street, from Columbia Street to Hudson Street

Project Start Date:  July 9, 2020

Project Description and Goal:  Remove old asphalt and repave surface

Local Impacts:   Complete closure of street and no on street parking during working hours (from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM)

Recommended or State Detours in Place:   None

Scheduled Completion Date:   September 4, 2020

Please Note:  Construction, by nature, is subject to constant change, inclement weather, and unexpected findings.

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



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


Hector Street Complete Streets Project

This project has been completed!
New and replacement sidewalks were 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, repaired and installed associated retaining walls, curbing, and drainage improvements. City water and sewer crews completed improvements to the water main and stormwater infrastructure in the corridor. 

Hector Street Sidewalk



Brindley Street Bridge Project

Project Start DateMarch 4, 2019

Scheduled Completion Date: December 31, 2020

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.



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