We’re told a coal train heading from Sayre to the Cayuga power plant in north Lansing will be passing through Ithaca’s west end this evening, which will bring traffic across the Cayuga Lake Inlet to a halt.
The train, of about 130 cars totaling about 17,000 tons, will reportedly be passing through Ithaca along Fulton Street between about 5:50-6:25pm. An earlier alert gave a time of about 5pm.
When long freight trains pass through Ithaca, traffic is affected between Downtown and West Hill along State Street, Seneca Street, and Buffalo Street, which carry Route 79, Route 89, and Route 96 across the Cayuga Lake Inlet in an area that used to be known as the Octopus for its tangle of roads coming to a narrow intersection and a single bridge. A project in the 1990s added two more bridges.
Vehicles waiting for turning lanes to reopen can also interfere with Route 13 traffic, especially southbound on Fulton Street.
Plan your evening commute or other travel accordingly.