Current City Projects

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South Cayuga Street Bridge Project

PROJECT NAME: South Cayuga St Bridge Project  

PROJECT START DATE: July 26, 2021  

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: December 31, 2021   

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: This project is a bridge rehabilitation (Full Superstructure Replacement) project and includes complete removal of superstructure and replacement with multi-girder bridge with concrete deck also removal and replacement of deteriorated concrete on the abutments.  

LOCAL IMPACTS: The Bridge will be fully closed during construction. All vehicular and pedestrian traffic will utilize a signed off-site detour.   

For additional information contact: Addisu Gebre, Bridge Systems Engineer, DPW - Engineering (607) 274-6530



GREEN STREET REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Photo Credit: Allison Usavage (Green Street Garage)

The Green Street Garage will be closing temporarily for reconstruction on March 29, 2021. Garage re-opening is anticipated for late Fall 2021.  

The existing Green Street Garage will undergo demolition this Spring to make way for much needed improvements. When completed, the new garage will feature a total of 7 levels of parking, with an increase of 95 spaces This project comes in combination with the Asteri and the Ithacan development projects. Together, these projects will result in the construction of two 11- story buildings, with 181 permanently affordable living units above a community conference center and 200 market rate apartments. These projects will transform Green Street, with reimagined public spaces and much needed infrastructure updates. Demolition of the existing garage is scheduled to begin in March 29, 2021.

Transportation alternatives are available to city residents and workers through GO ITHACA, a free transportation benefits program from The City of Ithaca and Downtown Ithaca Alliance. Join GO ITHACA for all of these free perks!

  • Free 40 Ride TCAT (transit) Pass; Discounts on monthly pass thereafter 
  • $50 Ithaca Carshare Credit
  • Free $50 gift certificate for biking and walking gear
  • Free Park & Pool / Park & Ride Program
  • And More! 

To register for GO ITHACA, visit goithaca.org or call (607) 391-1389.

Questions about parking in the city can be directed to Kelly Rogers at: (607) 882-2352 or krogers@cityofithaca.org

For any additional inquiries or information please contact City of Ithaca Senior Planner, Jennifer Kusznir at jkusznir@cityofithaca.org

More information about this project can also be found on the Downtown Ithaca Alliance website here.


City Hall Water Service Replacement


PROJECT NAME & LOCATION: City Hall Water Service, 100 Block of East Green Street 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION & GOAL:  Install a new water service & modernize City Hall water system      

PROJECT START DATE & TIME:  Wednesday July 14 @ 6:00pm   

SCHEDULED PHASE COMPLETION DATES: Saturday, July  17, 2021 @ 6:00am   

LOCAL IMPACTS: City Hall will be receiving a new water service in the 100 block of East Green Street during overnight hours throughout the duration of the job.  From 6:00 pm through 6:00 am, each night beginning July 14 and ending July 17, the following detour and traffic pattern changes will be in effect:

  • The 100 block of West Green Street and the 100 block of East Green Street will be reduced to one lane.  
  • The 200 block of S. Cayuga Street will be closed to thru traffic.  
  • Southbound traffic on S. Cayuga intending to head toward Clinton Street will be diverted west onto W. State Street to S. Geneva.    

City Water & Sewer will work with Tompkins TCAT to temporarily move the bus terminal further east toward the Tompkins County Mental Health Building.  

Water service impacts should be anticipated, particularly with 123 E. Green Street, but others may be encountered depending on the complexity of the installation. 

For additional information contact: Nick Thomas, Matt Sledjeski or Scott Gibson DPW, Water & Sewer Division 607.272.1717



Cornell Walk Repaving

PROJECT LOCATION: All of Cornell Walk

PROJECT START DATE: 07/06/2021 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: Remove old asphalt and repave

LOCAL IMPACTS: No on street parking

RECOMMENDED OR STATE DETOURS IN PLACE: None (Dead End)

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: July 26, 2021

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


THURSTON AVENUE CLOSURE AND DETOUR 

PROJECT NAME & LOCATION: North Campus Transportation Improvements – Thurston Avenue 

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION & GOAL: Pedestrian and Traffic Improvements 

PROJECT START DATE & TIME: Ongoing 

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE & TIME: 13 August 2021 

LOCAL IMPACTS: Thurston Ave will be reduced to a single lane with alternating traffic, controlled by traffic signals. The intersections with Cradit Farm Road and Wait Avenue will be closed completely. Sidewalks on the north side of Cradit Farm Road and the west side of Thurston Ave will be closed for part of the project. Parking will be unavailable within the work zone. 

DETOURS: Avoid the area if possible because delays are expected. Northbound and eastbound traffic will be directed from Thurston Avenue to Wait Avenue, to Triphammer Road to George Jessup Road to Pleasant Grove Road. Southbound and westbound traffic will be directed from Pleasant Grove Road to George Jessup Road to Triphammer Road to Wait Avenue to Thurston Avenue.  Pedestrians and bicyclists will be routed around work areas and may experience delays.  

For additional information contact:  

Jake Duell jd922@cornell.edu or Chris Davenport,  cad67@cornell.edu from Cornell University or  Lynne Yost, PE lyost@cityofithaca.org from City of Ithaca or call  DPW, Engineering Division (607) – 274-6527



Center & Plain Streets Water Main Replacement

PROJECT NAME & LOCATION: Center & Plain Streets Water Main Replacement, 400 Block South Plain Street 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Water main replacement work will continue from the intersection of Plain and Center Streets north into the 400 Block of South Plain Street. A second crew will connect water services to the new water main in the 300 Block of Center Street.  

START DATE:  Friday, July 9th at 7:00am   

COMPLETION DATE: Monday, August 16th at 3:30pm   

LOCAL IMPACTS: The 100-200 Blocks of Center Street will now be open to local traffic. The 400 Block of Plain Street from the traffic circle to the intersection with Clinton Street will be completely closed to through traffic. Local and emergency access will be maintained.  

RECOMMENDED DETOURS: Southbound traffic on Plain Street should turn left on Clinton Street, right on Albany Street, and right on Wood Street to return to Plain Street.    

Northbound traffic on Plain Street should turn right on Wood Street, left on Albany Street, and left on Clinton Street to return to Plain Street.  

INTERRUPTIONS TO WATER SERVICE: None expected

For additional information contact: Nick Thomas, Scott Gibson, or Matt Sledjeski with DPW, Water & Sewer Division (607) 272-1717


NYSEG Work Hyers St and S Albany St 

PROJECT NAME & LOCATION: Gas Utility Work South of Six Mile Creek – 500 block of S. Albany Street and Hyers Street portion  

PROJECT DESCRIPTION & GOAL: Gas main and services installation 

PROJECT START DATE & TIME: Immediately 

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: late July 2021

LOCAL IMPACTS: Hyers Street and the 500 block of S. Albany Street between S. Titus Avenue and Wood Street are closed to through traffic. When necessary, emergency services and residents of those blocks can enter, but may experience delays. Parking impacts will be adjusted with the work progression and residents are asked to park in driveways or on other streets when possible. Pedestrians and bicyclists may experience delays or detours.  

DETOURS: Detour signs will direct northbound traffic for S Albany Street to Wood Street to S. Plain Street to S. Titus Avenue. Southbound traffic for S. Albany Street will be directed to S. Titus Avenue to S. Plain Street to Wood Street.  

Future 2021 phases will include S. Titus Avenue, South Street, Fair Street and S. Plain Street.   

For additional information contact: NYSEG: Julie Hinman, jkhinman@nyseg.com (607) 592-9460 or  City of Ithaca Engineering Division: Lynne Yost lyost@cityofithaca.org; (607) 274-6527


Catherine Street Rebuild  

PROJECT LOCATION & DATES: All of Catherine Street: Lower half (nearest Eddy Street)- 2021, Upper half (nearest College Ave) to take place after completion of College Ave project. Updates will be provided as timelines solidify.

PROJECT START DATE: 06/01/2021 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: Replace storm sewer, curbing, and sidewalks; Pave with binder course 2021. Complete full paving sometime within the next three years.  

LOCAL IMPACTS: Road closed, no thru traffic, accommodations for residents will be made when possible.

RECOMMENDED OR STATE DETOURS IN PLACE: None 

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: Project completion subsequent to College Avenue project completion timeline- projected September 30, 2023 or 2024 

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


College Ave Student Agencies Properties

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


South Albany Street Bridge Project
Draft Project Scoping Report: South Albany Street Bridge

South Albany Street Bridge Project Public Information Packet


Application Parcel 10

The City of Ithaca intends to file an application to the NYS Office of General Services to take title to a small piece of land at the entrance to the Farmers Market on the north side of the railroad tracks. This parcel was once under water and thus belongs technically to New York State. The City intends to use the parcel as an extension of Third Street.

Notice of Application Parcel 10 with map

Legal Notice

New sidewalks outside Sidewalk Improvement Districts


Addenda to City Code & Memo to Board of Public Works: Needed sidewalks not within Sidewalk Improvement Districts

Declaration of Lead Agency for Environmental Review

Fall Creek Drive- Environmental Assessment Form

Oak Avenue- Environmental Assessment Form


Cecil A Malone Bridge Project

This project will include replacing the existing bridge to eliminate the bridge structural deficiencies and provide a wider bridge deck to accommodate heavy industrial traffic, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

Public Information Packet 

Questions and comments concerning this project should be directed to Addisu Gebre, Bridge Systems Engineer, at agebre@cityofithaca.org by October 2, 2020 


Cecil A Malone bridge



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


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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