Current City Projects

South Hill Terrace Repaving

PROJECT LOCATION: South Hill Terrace  - Turner Place to S. Cayuga Street

PROJECT START DATE: September 10, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: Remove old asphalt and repave

LOCAL IMPACTS: Complete closure of the street and no on-street parking during working hours 7 AM till 3:30 PM



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

Albany Street Reconstruction

PROJECT LOCATION: Albany Street from Green Street to Court Street: 100 Block of South Albany Street, 100, 200, 300 Blocks of North Albany Street

PROJECT START DATE:  August 13, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: G. DeVincentis and Son Construction Company shall be reconstructing four blocks of Albany Street. The Contractor shall begin the reconstruction activities along Albany Street on Monday, August 13, 2018. The work includes but is not limited to the following items:

  • Installation of new drainage structures and piping.
  • Removal of existing stone curbing and replacement with granite curbing.
  • Installation of a concrete base for a T-Cat Bus Shelter in front of the Salvation Army Building.
  • Removal and installation of ADA compliant pedestrian ramps at intersections.
  • Removal and replacement of existing asphalt and subbase.

LOCAL IMPACTS: T-CAT Bus routes will be changed to accommodate this work. Please check with T-CAT for scheduling and locations during these operations.

There will be substantial traffic impacts as the Contractor will close the blocks being worked on, open to local traffic only when possible.

Detours will be set up for travel around the block being worked on.

There will be No Parking during operations on the block being worked on.

Driveway replacements will impact local residents and building owners as the driveway concrete will require cure time before we can put traffic back on the driveways. This delay should be approximately 7 Days.

Sidewalk closures will occur with pedestrians will be detoured around the work areas.

There may be times when one lane of the road is open, however, please be alert to changing work zone conditions.


Roadway detours will be posted as well as pedestrian detours.


For additional information and questions please contact City of Ithaca Department of Public Works, Engineering Division: (607) 274-6530

West Martin Luther King Jr./ State Street Corridor Enhancements

PROJECT LOCATION: West Martin Luther King Jr/State Street (Rt 79), between Floral Avenue (Rt 13A) and Taughannock Blvd.

PROJECT START DATE: Monday, June 25, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The project will widen the south sidewalk, install a new traffic signal at the Floral Avenue intersection, install a new signalized mid-block pedestrian crossing and re-aligns the intersections of West Seneca and Brindley Streets along the West MLK, Jr. (West State) Street corridor between Floral Avenue and Taughannock Boulevard.  The project includes milling and resurfacing the existing pavement, installation of bike lanes by reducing the number of through travel lanes, curbing, sidewalk, drainage improvements, landscaping enhancements, and new pavement markings.

LOCAL IMPACTS: The sidewalk on the south side of the street will be closed and a pedestrian detour will be signed to use the sidewalk on the north side of the street. Traffic will otherwise be maintained in both directions at all times in at least one lane, though lane shifts and a lane closure are expected. Motorists should expect delays and should use caution in the work zone, with special consideration for and awareness of people walking, biking and working in the area.

DETOURS IN PLACE: No lane closures required detours. The only detour that will be posted is for pedestrians to use the north side of the street while the south sidewalk is under construction.


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

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, or for additional information, please contact: Time Logue, Director of Engineering, Department of Public Works (607) 274-6535.

FAQs for the West Martin Luther King Jr./ State Street Corridor Enhancement Project

East State Street Sewer Replacement Project

Water and Sewer crews will move into Stage 4 of the East State Street Sewer Replacement Project on August 23, 2018.  This work continues on the overall project replacing the 75-year-old sanitary sewer interceptor between the Tuning Fork and Mitchell Street.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  Major sewer main replacement, water and sewer services, road surface reconstruction.

PROJECT GOAL:   Increase the capacity of 75-year-old sanitary sewer interceptor between Eddy Street to Mitchell.       

PROJECT START DATE:  Stage 4 - Tentatively, August 23, 7:00 AM – Continue from Stage 3 to replace 650-LF of main and water and water services from Eddy Street to Mitchell. On or around August 23, this section of roadway will be placed into alternating one-way during the day using flagging.

Stage 4 completion – Tentatively Friday, September 21, 2018, 4:00 PM.


LOCAL IMPACTS:  East State Street will be reduced to a single lane controlled by flagging during the day starting on or around August 23, 2018.  Flaggers will be positioned just below the eastbound Eddy Street intersection, at the Mitchell Street Intersection and one in front of College Avenue on Mitchell Street.  Expect heavy east and westbound State Street delays.  On or around August 23, the southbound lane of Eddy Street will be closed to thru traffic.  The Eddy Street closure is expected to last until August 31.  On or around August 23, the southeast bound lane of Blair Street will be closed to thru traffic. 

At the end of each working day (roughly 5:00 pm), the City is expected to return operation of State Street back to 2-way and lift the detour on the side streets. 

RECOMMENDED DETOURS: From E. Green Street heading eastbound onto East State Street – Will be controlled with a flagging system at Eddy Street.  From East State Street, heading westbound into City – Will be controlled with a flagging system at the Mitchell and East State intersection.  Southbound Lane of Eddy Street – Will be closed to thru traffic beginning on or around August 23 and ending around August 31.  Eastbound egress from Eddy Street will be through Cook Street.  Westbound egress from Eddy Street will be through East Seneca.  Southeastbound Lane of Blair Street – Will be closed to thru traffic beginning on or around August 23.  Egress from Blair Street will be through Cook Street.

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

Spencer Rd Sidewalk and Traffic Improvements 2018

 PROJECT LOCATION: 400 block Spencer Road and 800 block South Meadow St.

 PROJECT START DATE: Monday, July 23, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This project consists of the following:

  • Building new sidewalk on the north side of the 400 block of Spencer Road and the west side of South Meadow Street Extension (800 block)
  • Dead-ending the 400 block of Spencer Road at its intersection with Stone Quarry Road (meaning all vehicular traffic to/from Stone Quarry Road will have to use the roundabout at Albany Street). A pedestrian/bicycle cut through will be maintained for the length of Spencer Road.
  • Installing curbing and related stormwater infrastructure
  • Milling and paving the streets
  • Rebuilding sidewalk ramps on localized sections and associated curbing.

LOCAL IMPACTS: Beginning on July 23rd, the City’s Contractor will be performing road work on the stretch of the 400 block Spencer Road (approximately 700 ft. of construction) and 800 block South Meadow St. Extension (approximately 450 ft. of construction). These two blocks will be closed to vehicular through traffic. Access will be maintained for businesses and residences, however, on-street parking will be limited at times.

RECOMMENDED DETOURS: There will be no posted detours. Alternate traffic routes will be maintained through Route 13 and Old Elmira Rd towards the downtown area. Stone Quarry Road will remain open to access South Hill.


Questions, concerns or accessibility issues should be forwarded to the Engineering Department at 274-6530 or contact Eduardo Torres (Project Manager) at the office phone 274-6422.

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East State Street Retaining Wall Project

Documents regarding the East State Street Retaining Wall Project can be found here.