Current City Projects

118 College Avenue: Water and Sewer Line Replacement

PROJECT LOCATION: 100 Block College Avenue, between Bool Street and Mitchell Street

PROJECT START DATE: Monday, July 16, 2018 at 7:30am

PROJECT NAME & DESCRIPTION: Install new water and sewer services to 118 College Avenue

LOCAL IMPACTS: Excavation to install new water service will take place across both lanes of College Avenue. The 100 block of College Ave. will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project. Local access only, from either end of the street, Dryden or Mitchell Street intersections.

RECOMMENDED OR STATE DETOURS IN PLACE: Work Zone & Road Closed signs will be posted. Drivers should use alternate routes, Eddy or Mitchell Streets. 

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 3:30pm

For additional information and questions please contact Erik Whitney, Don Corwin, Nick Thomas, Jamie Lauper, or Scott Gibson, DPW, Water & Sewer Division (607) 272 - 1717.

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210 Linden Avenue- Water and Sewer

PROJECT LOCATION: 210 Linden Avenue

PROJECT START DATE: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION & GOAL: Excavation to install new sewer service and new water service will be across south bound (downhill) half of Linden Ave.

LOCAL IMPACTS: The 200 block of Linden Ave. will be narrowed to one half the road way width, flagged through work zone for the duration of the project. Expect delays using Linden Avenue, drivers may want to consider alternate routes.

RECOMMENDED DETOURS or STATE DETOURS IN PLACE: Work Zone Signs will be posted. No official detour at this time.

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: July 12, 2018 at 3:30pm

For additional information and questions please contact Erik Whitney, Don Corwin, Nick Thomas, Jamie Lauper, or Scott Gibson, DPW, Water & Sewer Division (607) 272- 1717.


Willow Avenue & Dey Street Drainage and Street Improvements

PROJECT LOCATION: 700 block of Willow Avenue between the Railroad Crossing and Meadow Street and the 300 block of Dey Street between Meadow Street and W. Lincoln Street

PROJECT START DATE: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION & GOAL: The project will include the milling and repaving of road surface along with the installation of catch basin and drainage pipe at the intersection of Lincoln Street.

LOCAL IMPACTS: Occasional single-lane closures

RECOMMENDED DETOURS or STATE DETOURS IN PLACE: No detour at this time.

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: July 27, 2018

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


Ithaca Road- Mill and Pave- 100 Block

PROJECT LOCATION: Ithaca Road between Mitchell Street and Ridgedale Road

PROJECT START DATE: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION & GOAL: Remove old asphalt and pave.

LOCAL IMPACTS: Complete closure, no traffic. No resident access or on street parking.

RECOMMENDED DETOURS or STATE DETOURS IN PLACE: No detour at this time.

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: July 25, 2018

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


North Tioga Street - Mill and Pave

PROJECT LOCATION: N. Tioga Street between Lincoln St. and Fall St.

PROJECT START DATE: Monday, July 9, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: Remove existing asphalt and repave

LOCAL IMPACTS: Complete closure, no traffic. Residential parking limited to 5pm to 7am

DETOURS IN PLACE: No detour at this time.

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: July 25, 2018

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


Hancock Street- Mill and Pave

PROJECT LOCATION: Hancock Street from Rt. 13 to Third Street

PROJECT START DATE: Monday, July 9, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: Remove old asphalt and pave binder the first week. Set manholes and pave the second week.

LOCAL IMPACTS: Street Closed, no through traffic, only residents and businesses.

DETOURS IN PLACE: No detours at this time.

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: July 20, 2018.

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


East Buffalo Street Pavement Work

PROJECT LOCATION: East Buffalo Street between North Aurora Street and Eddy Street

PROJECT START DATE: Monday June 25, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: Paving and sidewalk work to replace the temporary pavement installed during 2017 utility work.

LOCAL IMPACTS: During active work traffic will be reduced to a single, two- way travel lane controlled by flaggers. Full or partial closure may be required for short periods while working within intersections. During sidewalk work, pedestrians will be directed to the opposite side of the street. Construction operations will occupy some parking spaces in the active work zone.

Construction operations will begin at Aurora Street and progress to Eddy Street. Roadway work will begin with milling, paving will follow. When paving is complete, both travel lanes will be open.

Motorists should expect minor delays . Please use caution while traveling in the work zone, and be considerate of pedestrians, cyclists, and construction crew.

DETOURS IN PLACE: No detours in place at this time. Brief detours may be necessary during intersection work. Pedestrians will be directed to the opposite side of the street while sidewalk is under construction.

PROJECT COMPLETION DATE: Roadway work is scheduled to be completed July 12, 2018. At this time regular two-lane traffic will be restored. Sidewalk repairs will continue, with an estimated completion date of August 17, 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, or for additional information, please contact: Lynne Yost, PE, Assistant Civil Engineer, Department of Public Works at lyost@cityofithaca.org or (607) 274-6530


West Martin Luther King Jr. Street Corridor Enhancements

PROJECT LOCATION: West MLK 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, installs 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.

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: October 25, 2018.

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


Forest Home Drive Slope Stabilization Project (Phase II)

PROJECT LOCATION: Forest Home Drive

PROJECT START DATE: June 11, 2018

ENTIRE PROJECT SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE:  August 13, 2018

LOCAL IMPACTS: Forest Home Drive will be closed from the Thurston Avenue intersection to the service drive of Olin Laboratory for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Access to the Forest Home parking garage and the Toboggan Lodge parking lot will be maintained from the east.

RECOMMENDED DETOURS: No formal detours have been posted. Motorist may consider taking alternate routes.

For additional information contact Bridge Systems Engineer Addisu Gebre (607) 274-6536.

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Wayfinding During East State Street Construction

From May- October 2018 the City will be undergoing infrastructure updates that will render some of the most frequently traveled routes to operate under restrictions and possible delays. A team comprised of various representatives form the City, the DIA, Chamber of Commerce, Cornell Planning Department, CVB, & Tompkins County Tourism have worked together to create a map for aide in getting around town during the East State Street Construction projects. Temporary Wayfinding Map

wayfinding_map_summer_2018

To request a printable file of this document or with questions, concerns, or additional assistance regarding the temporary alternate routes map please contact Public Information Specialist Melody Faraday via email at mfaraday@cityofithaca.org or direct line (607) 274-6571.

900 - 1010 East State Street Gas Main Replacement Project

PROJECT START DATE: Monday, May 7, 2018

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: On behalf of NYSEG, the DDS Companies will install a new 6” gas main and service connections from the intersection of Mitchell Street & East State Street to 1010 East State Street.

REASON FOR WORK: “This NYSEG gas main replacement is part of a NYS Public Service Commission 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.”

LOCAL IMPACTS: East State Street will be closed to through traffic in both directions between Mitchell Street and Bridge Street, including nights and weekends, for the duration of the work. The intersection of Giles Street and Cornell Street will remain open. Access to driveways will be maintained inside the work zone, but residents may experience some delays getting in and out of the work area. During active work, flaggers and construction personnel will assist residents in the work area to access driveways. Permanent restoration work will occur at the end of the project.

Additionally, the sidewalk on the northeast side of the intersection of East State Street and Mitchell Street will also be closed, as will the sidewalk on the north side of East State Street for approximately 100 feet to the east. The City will work with DDS to have the sidewalk restored as soon as the gas work is completed.

DETOURS IN PLACE: Inbound (westbound) traffic is detoured from East State St. (Rt 79) to Pine Tree Rd to Route 366 and back into the City to the intersection of East State St and Mitchell Street.

Outbound (eastbound) traffic is detoured from East State St. (Rt 79) to Route 366 to Pine Tree Rd. to the intersection of Pine Tree Road and Route 79.

The detour is posted along the route and all heavy vehicles and trucks should use the detour. There are no alternate routes that are suitable for heavy vehicles and trucks. Residents and visitors to addresses on East State Street between Mitchell Street and Pine Tree Road will have necessary access aside from possible brief exceptions at locations where active work is underway. Some short-term sidewalk closures adjacent to active work are expected.

Revisions are in progress for the detour signs at the Mitchell/Ithaca intersection and directional signs at the State/Mitchell intersection. Traffic law enforcement has been increased on some streets experiencing heavier than normal traffic. Speed feedback signs (real-time speed displays) will be temporarily placed on heavily traveled streets when signs become available. Outreach is ongoing with Google Maps, Waze and 511-NY regarding their suggested detours and detour revisions provided to them from travelers.


PARKING RESTRICTIONS: No change

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: Approximately July 30, 2018


General questions and concerns can be directed to Public Information Specialist Melody Faraday: mfaraday@cityofithaca.org; (607) 274-6571

For project specific questions or requests for special accommodations, please contact Assistant Civil Engineer Lynne Yost: lyost@cityofithaca.org; (607) 274-6530


East State Street Sewer Replacement Project

Water and Sewer crews will begin Stage 1 of the East State Street Sewer Replacement Project on Monday, April 30, 2018.  This work involves replacing the 75 year old sanitary sewer interceptor between the Tuning Fork and Mitchell Street.

Stage 1 -  Begin saw cutting pavement in anticipation of replacing first 500-LF of main and water and sewer services from Tuning Fork to Stewart Avenue.  This work will take approximately 1 week to complete.  On or around May 7, 2018 excavation and replacement of main and appurtenances will begin.  Schuyler Place will be closed to through traffic during Stage 1 work.

Stage 2 - Begin the replacement of the next 500-LF of main and water and sewer services from Stewart Avenue to Quarry Street.

Stage 3 - Begin the replacement of main and water and sewer services from Quarry Street to Mitchell Street.

LOCAL IMPACTS: East State Street will be reduced to a single lane controlled by one-way traffic lights.  Signals will be erected at the eastbound E. Green Street turning lane at the Tuning Fork and on the westbound lane between Schuyler Place and Stewart Avenue.  Expect heavy east and westbound State Street delays.  

RECOMMENDED DETOURSFrom E. Green Street heading eastbound onto East State Street – Will be controlled with a one-way traffic light.  From East State Street, heading westbound into City – Will be controlled with a one-way traffic light.  Schuyler Place – Will be closed to thru traffic.  Eastbound vehicles heading along Buffalo will be directed past Schuyler Pl to Stewart Avenue.  Westbound traffic heading along Buffalo will be directed past Schuyler Pl to Aurora Street.

From Route 96/Aurora Street/The Commons area – State Street will be closed to thru traffic inside the Tuning Fork between East Green Street and Seneca Way. Traffic heading north bound into the City who then turn eastward onto the 300 block of State Street will be diverted northward onto Seneca Way.   

The entire project is scheduled to be complete on or around October 15, 2018. 

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General questions and concerns from the community can be forwarded to Melody Faraday via email at mfaraday@cityofithaca.org or direct line (607) 274-6571.

Questions specific to the project can be forwarded to the Water & Sewer Division at (607) 272-1717. 


East State Street Retaining Wall Project

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