Current City Projects

Six Mile Creek Raw Water Line Stabilization Project

Project Location: Raw water line along Six Mile Creek (see map for more details) 

Work Description:  A contractor for the City will be stabilizing the raw water pipe that runs near Six Mile Creek at two locations. In the first location, rock anchors and a pipe support will be installed.  At the second location, an existing concrete sluiceway and concrete pipe supports will be replaced. 

Project Start Date: Mobilization to begin on Tuesday, July 30th

Scheduled Completion Date: Final completion scheduled for October 2019

Local Impacts: Construction vehicles and equipment will be using the access road/trail off of Giles St to reach the construction sites. Pedestrian access will be restricted around the construction areas but maintained as much as possible along the access road/trail.

For additional information contact: Matt Sledjeski, Scott Gibson, or Erik Whitney, DPW, Water & Sewer Division (607) 272-1717. 

College Ave Water & Sewer Replacement- Water Component

Project Name: College Avenue – Water & Replacement – Water component

Project Location: College Ave between Mitchell Street & Dryden Road

Project Description:  Water Replacement

Project Goal: Upgrade services in Collegetown

Project Start Date & Time:  Water main work began on Monday August 7, 2019  

Full College Avenue Project Completion Date: November 30, 2019

Local Impacts: College Ave will continue to be closed to thru traffic for the duration of the Water & Sewer project. Local traffic will still be permitted on a case-by-case basis.  Roughly 600-LF of 1,500-LF of water main installation work has been completed to date.  Due to scheduling conflicts with adjacent private construction work nearby, the water installation project has been relocated to just north of 119-125 College Avenue until contractor obstructions are removed in approximately 3 weeks.  Crews will continue to install the water main from 129 College Avenue on north to Dryden over the next several weeks.  The crew will then relocate back to 119-125 College Avenue to complete the connection of both ends of the water main.      

Recommended Detours: College Avenue will remain closed to thru traffic however, local access will be accommodated as best as crews can.  Delays should be expected.  Local delivery trucks will continue to be accommodated throughout the work zone in coordinated efforts with City crews.  Traffic heading northeast on Mitchell Street, intending to head north on College Ave will be directed onto Linden Ave. Traffic heading southwest on Mitchell Street will be directed west onto East State Street and then north onto Eddy Street. 

For additional information contact: Erik Whitney, Don Corwin or Scott Gibson,  DPW, Water & Sewer Division (607) 272-1717              

Gas Utility Work by NYSEG in Ithaca

Project Locations:
Southside Neighborhood: 400 block South Geneva St., 300 block North Titus Ave, 200-300 blocks South Titus Ave, 401 South Titus Ave., 502 South Albany St, South Plain St. Bridge.
West Hill Neighborhood: 200- 400 blocks Warren Place; 100-400 blocks Taylor Place; 200-400 blocks Richard Place; Sunrise Road (all); Cliff Park Road (all); Cliff Park Circle (all); Haller Blvd. (all); Hook Place (all); 200-500 blocks Chestnut St; Elm Crest Circle (all); 300-500 blocks Elm Street Extension.

Project Start Date: Ongoing

Project Description: The DDS Companies will install new 6” or 12” gas mains and service connections in the project area.

According to NYSEG, this gas main replacement is part of a PSC mandated program to replace aging infrastructure. This replaced infrastructure includes piping that is considered to have future potential for leakage and is classified as leak-prone. This PSC mandated replacement program provides NYSEG a capital investment mechanism that supports public safety. The new main will add and provide more consistent operating pressure and increased reliability to the customers we serve in the immediate areas. The new gas main will have an expected life of 20 years or more.

The gas utilities will be improved in three separate phases:

Phase 1- Installation of a new gas main. No gas service interruptions expected.

Phase 2 – Service Connections to the new gas main. Planned to begin when Phase 1 for all named streets is complete. Advance notice will be given for half-day interruption of service.

Phase 3 – Restoration of disturbed areas to equal or better condition. Planned to begin when Phase 2 for named streets is complete. No gas service interruptions expected. Temporary closure of sidewalk and driveway access possible.

Local Impacts: If traffic is reduced to a single travel lane during the work day, access will be controlled with flaggers. Travel will be maintained in two directions. Work in intersections may require full or partial closure of intersections for a day or two. If streets or travel lanes are closed to speed the work, you will still be able to access your home, but may encounter a brief delay. Through traffic will be detoured around the block.

During Phase 2 work, some properties will have trenching in front lawns. Residents are encouraged to photograph pre-construction conditions to help ensure that Phase 3 restoration will be in kind.

Motorists should expect minor delays, use caution in the work zone and be considerate of people walking, biking and working in the area.

Permanent restoration work will occur during Phase 3. Restoration during Phases 1 and 2 will be temporary.

Phase 1 work is underway on S. Titus Ave between Plain and Albany. Work will progress next to S. Albany and then move to S. Geneva St.

Detours in Place: Brief detours to adjacent streets may be necessary during active work in intersections. Pedestrians will be redirected while sidewalk is under construction. Some short-term sidewalk or driveway closures adjacent to active work are possible.

Parking Restrictions: Approximately 10 parking spaces adjacent to the active work zone will be removed from public use. Construction operations and material storage will occupy some parking spaces on the affected streets.

Scheduled Completion Date: Estimated completion date is December 31, 2019. PLEASE NOTE: Construction, by nature, is subject to constant change, inclement weather, and unexpected findings. City of Ithaca will be meeting with DDS Companies and NYSEG regularly.

The best way to get the latest information about the project schedule or impacts is to talk with the on-site construction supervisor.

Specific questions about your property or special accommodation requests can be directed to Doug Stafford; 607-227-2754 or Rob Malarkey; 607-766-1456.

For other questions please contact Assistant Civil Engineer Lynne Yost:; (607) 274-6530

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North Aurora Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Project Location: North Aurora Street Bridge over Cascadilla Creek

Project Start Date:  Monday, June 10th, 2019

Scheduled Completion Date: December 1st, 2019

Project Description and Goal: The project aims rehabilitate the North Aurora Street Bridge over Cascadilla Creek, and to reconstruct the immediate approaches to the bridge.

Local Impacts: The existing bridge will be closed to all traffic, vehicular and pedestrian, an offsite detour using local streets will be utilized for all traffic during construction until the bridge is re-opened.

Recommended or State Detours in Place: North and southbound traffic should use East Court Street, North Tioga Street, and Farm Street as an alternate route to avoid the work area.
Cascadilla Avenue, on the south side of the creek, is to remain open to pedestrian traffic.

For additional information contact: Addisu Gebre, Bridge Systems Engineer, DPW - Engineering (607) 274-6536  


Brindley Street Bridge Project

Project Start Date: March 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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