Traffic will be reduced to one lane along portions of College Avenue in Collegetown for the next several weeks, according to the City of Ithaca. Utility crews will be upgrading gas mains and services starting today.
Crews will be replacing the gas mains on each side of the street, beginning with the 300 block of College Avenue, south of Dryden Road, and continuing to Mitchell Street. Work is scheduled to be finished by October 1.
The schedule begins work at the Dryden Road end of the corridor “in the hopes of minimizing impacts on businesses by prioritizing the north end in the early summer,” according to city officials.
On the 300 block of College Avenue, the gas main on the east side is under the sidewalk in front of businesses and apartments, and “the new main will go back where the old main is currently.” The west side of College Avenue has just a short stretch of gas main to be replaced. In the 100 and 200 blocks of College Ave, the gas mains are a few feet into the street, say officials.
Pedestrians will be routed to the other side of the street while work takes place under sidewalks on the 300 block, but sidewalks will mostly remain open in the 100 and 200 blocks, as work will be under the street.
Parking will be removed on both sides of the street in the work zone for most of the project, and will be restored once work is completed in each area. City officials suggest parking in the Dryden Road parking garage.
There’s no plan to detour vehicles around the work zone, since one lane of traffic will be kept open, “but motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes due to the expected delays in the corridor.”
The 400 block of College Avenue, which was closed for most of last summer, and turned into a mini park by local businesses, won’t be affected this time around.