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Ithaca starting major East State Street rehabilitation project

Ithaca officials announced the commencement of a substantial rehabilitation project on East State Street, stretching from the Tuning Fork intersection in Downtown Ithaca to Mitchell Street at the edge of Collegetown.

The project, led by the city’s contractor Suit-Kote, kicked off on Monday with the installation of work zone traffic control materials and is slated for completion by August 18th. As part of the initial phase, traffic lanes will be shifted to the south, maintaining one lane in each direction. However, authorities have warned motorists to anticipate delays due to the ongoing work.

The comprehensive project aims to revamp pavement conditions, install new pavement markings, replace curbing, overhaul existing infrastructure, enhance outbound bus stops, and replace a retaining wall on the north side of the street.

Additionally, it seeks to make all sidewalks ADA compliant and improve drainage systems. The city has emphasized that the project will entail multiple work zone traffic control plans, promising to provide updates as situations evolve. Initially, the sidewalk on the north side of East State Street will be closed to pedestrians.