Current City Projects

College Ave & Oak Ave Water Main Replacement and New Service Installation

PROJECT LOCATION: Corner of College Ave and Oak Ave

WORK DESCRIPTION:  Replace section of old water main with new pipe, cut off old services, and install new services for 411-415 College Ave.

PROJECT START DATE: Monday, March 30th, 7:00 AM

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: Friday, March 10th, 3:30 PM

LOCAL IMPACTS: The intersection of Oak Ave and College Ave at the circle will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project.

The 400 Block of College Ave from Dryden Road to Oak Ave will be closed to through traffic from Monday March 30th – Wednesday April 1st during normal working hours (7am-3:30pm)

Local and emergency access will be maintained from both ends of the block. 

RECOMMENDED DETOURS: Northbound traffic on College Ave should turn right on Dryden Rd, left onto 366 at the “six-corners” intersection, left on Hoy Rd, and left on Campus Rd to return back to College Ave.

To reach points south on College Ave from the Cornell Campus, continue on Campus Rd and turn right on Hoy Rd, right on 366, and right on Dryden Rd at the “six-corners” intersection to return back to College Ave.

INTERRUPTIONS TO WATER SERVICE: There is a brief water shutdown scheduled for Tuesday, March 31st to tie in the new water mains. Affected customers on College Ave and Oak Ave will be notified directly.        

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

Dryden Road Storm Water Improvements

PROJECT START DATE: Monday, March 30, 2020

PROJECT LOCATION: 600 Block of Dryden Road- Maple Avenue to Hoy Road

PROJECT DESCRIPTION & GOALS: Install new pipe and catch basins

LOCAL IMPACTS: Road closed, local traffic only.
Humphrey building access will be from the north, on Hoy Road

RECOMMENDED DETOUR IN PLACE: Maple Avenue to Pine Tree Road to 366


Questions and concerns please contact City of Ithaca Street & Facilities (607) 272-1718

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. 

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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. 

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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

Elm Street Storm Sewer Repair


Elm Street Storm Sewer Repair

Update: Elm Street has been re-opened, the road will close briefly in the future for asphalt re-surfacing. 

PROJECT START DATE: Monday, January 6, 2020

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: Elm Street is now open.

PROJECT LOCATION: Elm Street between Floral Ave and Chestnut Street

WORK DESCRIPTION: A storm sewer collapsed on Elm Street, crews have completed work on this extensive project.

LOCAL IMPACTS: Elm Street has re-opened.

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


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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