Despite some delays and pauses in work, the City of Ithaca says projects to repave Lincoln Street and paint the Stewart Avenue Bridge are both finished ahead of their projected end dates.
The East Lincoln Street project, to upgrade sidewalks and add ADA-compliant curb ramps at corners and mill and repave the street from Cayuga Street to Lake Street, is done ahead of the projected completion in October. Crews completed the repaving last week, and painted new lane markings and crosswalks.
Lincoln Street work had been delayed due to what Ithaca superintendent of public works Michael Thorne called “a breakdown at the asphalt plant,” which meant contractors couldn’t get needed asphalt for the road work.
City of Ithaca project manager Eduardo Torres had said the work on Lincoln Street originally had an end date of August 29th, but the City published a completion date of mid-October in case of delays.
Businesses like the Lincoln Street Diner and Fall Creek Laundromat remained open throughout the project, but found business dropped off due to intimidating “road closed” signage on surrounding blocks, not just on Lincoln Street, that made customers think they couldn’t get to them.
Painting and concrete repairs on the Stewart Avenue Bridge over Cascadilla Creek between the Cornell campus and lower Collegetown began in late July, with the bridge entirely closed to vehicular traffic. Work was paused for Cornell’s opening weekend and again for the weekend of events surrounding the inauguration of new university president Martha E. Pollack. Addisu Gebre, bridge systems engineer for the City of Ithaca’s Engineering Department, says the contractor completed the work ahead of schedule. Equipment was removed and the bridge reopened in early September.