Detour: Stewart Ave bridge will be closed for three months

A project to repaint and repair the Stewart Avenue bridge over Cascadilla Creek will close the bridge for nearly three months, requiring a detour around the major Collegetown thoroughfare. The City of Ithaca says the project will begin on July 24th and should be done about October 13th.

The Stewart Avenue Bridge over Cascadilla Creek gorge in Collegetown. 14850 file photo.

According to Addisu Gebre, a bridge systems engineer with Ithaca’s Department of Public Works, the bridge project “will include field cleaning and overcoating the existing structural steel with minor concrete repairs to the arch footing.”

Ithaca officials say pedestrian and bicycle access will be maintained across the bridge, but vehicular traffic will have to detour.

Drivers will be directed to use University Avenue, which heads from Court Street in Downtown Ithaca up to the north side of Cornell University’s west campus. The affected bridge crosses Cascadilla Creek on the south side of Cornell’s west campus.

TCAT says their bus routes that use Stewart Avenue will be unable to serve that portion of the routes until the project is finished. Routes impacted include: 20, 21, 31, 37, 40, 43, 43 Express, 52, 53, 65 and 67.

TCAT says their outbound routes will travel from State Street, left onto Route 366, left onto Hoy Road, left onto Campus Road, right onto East Ave, and right onto Tower Road, with the reverse routing for inbound routes.

The Seneca @ Stewart stop is relocated to State @ Stewart and Stewart @ Williams stop relocated to Statler Hall for outbound routes. The Stewart @ Seneca stop is relocated to State @ Stewart and Stewart @ Williams stop is relocated to Sage Hall for inbound routes.

Businesses near the closed bridge, including Luna Inspired Street Food, Loco Cantina, and Carriage House Cafe will still be easily accessible. The bridge is just north of the construction project at the site of the former Chapter House.

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