A six-week project to improve pedestrian access on Ithaca’s South Hill has kept slipping its schedule, and the City of Ithaca won’t say when Hudson Street will reopen to traffic. Ithaca College’s move-in day is less than a month away.
The project was supposed to start in mid May and be finished at the end of June, with a block of Hudson Street completely closed from June 19th-30th.
The city is installing new sidewalks on Hudson Street along the stretch from Pennsylvania Avenue to Coddington Road “to provide safer pedestrian travel,” as well as repairing portions of the street.
When the start date slipped (such things can happen), City of Ithaca supervisor of streets Cliff Murphy told us work would begin at the end of May. At the time, he told us the project should still be done at the end of June.
Crews would be closing one lane at a time, using flaggers to direct traffic, until it became necessary to close Hudson Street entirely.
In late June, the City sent us an update that the Hudson Street closure would start July 5th and run for “about two weeks,” reopening by July 21st.
After three weeks, we reached out to Mr. Murphy for an update, but we haven’t gotten a response.
There’s still time before the bulk of Ithaca College students return to the South Hill neighborhood — Move-In Day isn’t until August 27th — but area residents have already been moving to new apartments this weekend with leases beginning August 1st.
With July coming to a close, the detour through a residential neighborhood remains in place.