A long coal train will pass through Ithaca on Sunday afternoon

A 105-car coal train with two locomotives en route to Lansing will travel through Ithaca’s west end on Sunday afternoon. Expect traffic and travel delays along Route 13 and crossing between town and west hill.

Norfolk Southern train 524 will pass through Ithaca shortly. Photo courtesy Joe Scaglione III.

Norfolk Southern train 524 will leave Sayre shortly, and is expected to pass through Ithaca roughly in the 2:30-3pm timeframe, though delays along the route could push that timeframe back a little.

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.

Traffic is likely to come to a standstill for 8-10 minutes as the train passes today. Plan your travel accordingly this afternoon.

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