Starting Monday, April 25, leave some extra time to get up South Hill via Route 96B. The City of Ithaca is closing South Aurora Street from Hillview Place up to the city line for about three weeks.
Crews will be repairing drainage inlets and pipes, and doing curbing and guardrail installation, as well as milling and paving the street. The work will be on the 600, 700, and 800 blocks of South Aurora Street, which is Route 96B within the City of Ithaca. The affected area ends just north of Rogan’s Corner and Sunset Grill.
Ithaca officials say the road will be completely closed to traffic during work hours, typically 7am to 3:30pm, but local residents will be allowed to drive to or from their homes in the neighborhood outside these hours at their own risk.
The recommended detour heading north (i.e. down the hill) is Coddington Road to Hudson Street to Aurora Street. If heading south, take Hudson Street to Coddington Road back to Danby Road.
Ithaca’s Streets & Facilities Division says the project is scheduled to be finished by May 17, “weather permitting.” Ithaca College’s graduation is scheduled for Sunday, May 22.
Route 96B was also closed for most of last summer, for a joint project between the City of Ithaca and NYSEG.