Travel Alerts

Live in Ithaca or Tompkins County and need to get to school, work, or shopping? Visiting the area and trying to explore? Here are the traffic and travel alerts you need to plan your trip.

Coal train returning through Ithaca on Sunday evening - A coal train that headed from Sayre to the Cayuga power plant last week will be returning tonight. The train carrying 130 empty coal cars will pass through Ithaca's west end this evening, which will bring traffic across the Cayuga Lake Inlet to a halt.
Move stuff off basement floors, warns City of Ithaca as Fall Creek waters rise - The City of Ithaca warned residents near Fall Creek on Sunday morning to “check basements and consider getting stuff off basement floor,” as water levels rise due to ice in the creek.
TCAT routes 11, 92, and 93 on snow detour until further notice - TCAT says they have put their bus routes 11, 92, and 93 on snow detour effective 9:30pm Friday and until further notice, due to the inclement weather.
A coal train crossing Ithaca’s west end will stop traffic this evening - We're told a coal train heading from Sayre to the Cayuga power plant in north Lansing will be passing through Ithaca's west end this evening, which will bring traffic across the Cayuga Lake Inlet to a halt.
Detour North Tioga Street closed this Thursday and Friday for water valve replacement - The City of Ithaca says the 400 block of North Tioga Street will be closed in Downtown Ithaca this Thursday and Friday, between Court Street and Farm Street, so crews can replace a water valve “to address a faulty component that was discovered during main repair last week.”
POSTPONED: Route 79 east (Green Street in Ithaca) will be closed Wednesday night - Update: The City of Ithaca tells us the contractor has postponed delivery of a crane, and the closure of Green Street, “due to weather constraints.” A new date hasn't yet been set.
Detour Forest Home Drive closed Thursday for tree trimming - NYSEG bucket truck crews will be on Forest Home Drive in the Town of Ithaca trimming back trees from power lines. The road will be closed to through traffic between Route 366 and Caldwell Road near Flatrock and the Cornell Botanic Gardens.
Ithaca Fire Department Engine 909 Truck crash into pole closes Route 13 south of Ithaca - Route 13 is closed between Route 13A (5 Mile Drive) and 7 Mile Drive south of Ithaca, after a box truck crashed into a utility pole near the Rodeway Inn, in the 600 block of Elmira Road. Department of Transportation officials say the highway could be closed for up to two hours.
Arboretum at Cornell Botanic Gardens closed to vehicles for the winter - The F. R. Newman Arboretum at Cornell University's Botanic Gardens is closed for the winter season as of dusk on Thursday, December 7th. Pedestrians will still be welcome to access the area.
New curbs and stop signs at Cayuga and Cascadilla will improve driving and walking - Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike should benefit from changes this week to the intersection of North Cayuga Street and Cascadilla, where Downtown Ithaca blends into Fall Creek.