The Stewart Avenue bridge is closed for nearly three months for a City of Ithaca project to repaint and repair the structure, but the bridge will reopen this weekend and next, says Ithaca bridge systems engineer Addisu Gebre.
“Per Cornell’s request, the contractor has agreed to re-open the bridge for two-way traffic for Cornell’s fall opening and the Inauguration weekends,” Gebre tells 14850 Today.
For Cornell’s opening weekend, when new students arrive on campus, the bridge will be opened to two-way traffic this Friday through Sunday, August 18th-20th.
Throughout the closure, which is scheduled until October 13th, Ithaca officials say pedestrian and bicycle access will be maintained across the bridge, but vehicular traffic has to detour other than these upcoming weekends.
Drivers are being 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.