The project to improve pedestrian access on Ithaca’s South Hill has left Hudson Street closed longer than planned, but city officials say it should reopen in time for Ithaca College move-in.
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.
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 root cause of the missed deadline is rain every week, or the forecast of rain,” City of Ithaca chief of staff Dan Cogan tells us. “Concrete scheduling has to be made a week in advance to get on the schedule.”
A new schedule has paving taking place “early next week,” Cogan told us on Monday afternoon. “The crew started setting curb along the north side of Pennsylvania Ave today and could complete that by Wednesday, backfill on Thursday and Friday if the forecast rain allows, and pave early next week.”
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 closed one lane at a time, using flaggers to direct traffic, until it became necessary to close Hudson Street entirely.
“The road will not be open for Cornell’s move-in day,” which is this Friday, Cogan says, “but will be open for IC’s move-in day” on August 27th.