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Public input meeting scheduled for Spencer Road Project
The City of Ithaca Engineering Office has scheduled a public meeting to kick off the Spencer Road Sidewalk and Traffic Study project. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6pm at the Oasis Fellowship Church at 808 South Meadow Street Extension. City staff and the City’s engineering consultant will be in attendance to present the scope of work for the project, to hear resident and public concerns and interests about the project area, and to describe the ensuing process for the project.
After the public meeting, the City’s consultant will prepare three alternatives for sidewalks and intersection improvements in the study area. The study area covers the portion of Spencer Road from Stone Quarry Road to South Meadow Street Extension, and the extent of South Meadow Street Extension from Spencer Road to Old Elmira Road. The proposed scope of work is to design and construct sidewalks in the project area and to study and recommend possible intersection improvements at the three intersections included in the study area. The three alternatives will then be presented at a second public meeting to solicit more specific feedback, after which time the alternatives and public input will be presented to the Board of Public Works (BPW). The BPW will then be tasked with selecting an alternative to progress to final design. The consultant will then prepare construction drawings for this selected alternative. Once the City has determined how to fund the proposed construction, the project will be bid for construction.
Additionally, a questionnaire has been posted on the City of Ithaca website, www.cityofithaca.org, to additionally solicit public input for the study area. The questionnaire was mailed to many households near the study area, but anyone is allowed to submit comments. The questionnaire should be submitted to the Engineering Office by Friday, March 6, 2015.