Ithaca City Guide

About Ithaca

Ithaca is a city in the Southern Finger Lakes region of New York. It is located in Tompkins County, and it is the largest community in the Ithaca-Tompkins County metropolitan area. This area contains the Town of Ithaca, the village of Cayuga Heights, and other towns and villages in Tompkins County. The city of Ithaca is located on the southern shore of Cayuga Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes. It is named for the Greek island of Ithaca.

Ithaca is home to Cornell University, an Ivy League school of over 20,000 students, most of whom study at its local campus, north of town. Ithaca College is located just south of the city in the Town of Ithaca, make the town a true "college town". These two colleges, along with Tompkins Cortland Community College, bring tens of thousands of students who increase Ithaca's seasonal population during the school year. Some students settle in the area after graduation, as they find it difficult to leave the beautiful gorges and waterfalls of the area. Ithaca is truly a haven for the youth of Central New York.

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - HAROLD SQUARE PROJECT On Monday March, 19, 2018 the Harold’s Square Project will be driving a construction crane (300 ton) down the Commons and setting it up in front of the job site in order to erect the tower crane that will be serving the job. The crane will pull in from the West end of the Commons and be positioned directly in front of the building site. To accommodate this, the construction fence will be moved north to the existing planter line leaving a 10’ pedestrian right-of-way from the front of the buildings to the fence. Additionally, the construction fence will be extended 100’ to the West creating a corral for tractor trailers that will be delivering the parts to the 300 ton crane. The erection of the larger tower crane should take approximately three days. Upon completion, the 300 ton crane will exit the Commons, the 100’ fence corral will be removed and the construction fence will be moved back to its original location. To facilitate this operation, the Ithaca Police Department will be doing periodic traffic control throughout the +/- three day period as trucks enter and exit the Commons. There will also be a certified safety consultant on the Commons for the duration of this operation and two (2) pedestrian control flaggers assisting people with access through the Commons. At no time will access to any store or building anywhere on the Commons be denied, and signage will be posted to direct pedestrians. Two light poles and four catenary light strings will have to be temporarily removed to accommodate the crane. Temporary LED lights will be installed to compensate for their removal. Crews will be working extended hours (6:30 am – 10:00 pm) during the course of this operation to minimize the overall timeframe that the 300 ton crane will be on the Commons. For construction updates on this project visit:

There is a water main break along the east side of Route 13 between the W. Falls St. & Dey St. intersections. The break caused high flows in all of water mains in the vicinity resulting in the scouring of old pipes causing many reports of discolored water. Crews are flushing the local distribution system. Affected customers should report discolored water to 607-272-1717 so flushing operations can be more focused. The break will be completely repaired within the hour but the clearing of discolored water from the system could take another 4+ hours.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Seneca Way will be closed to through traffic starting Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7:30 am due to an excavation needed across both driving lanes to install new sewer and new water service lines to the Hilton Canopy Hotel Project. Excavation for the replacement of the storm sewer will be parallel to the street in the area of west curb line and in the west side sidewalk. Local and emergency access for Seneca Way will be coordinated with affected entities. This work is expected to be completed by Friday, March 30, 2018. RECOMMENDED DETOUR: Detour Signs will be posted – West bound traffic on Seneca Way: Traffic headed west on Seneca Way (NYS RT 79W) will be detoured to either continue on, or to turn left, onto East State/MLK Street, travel west one block, then turn right on North Aurora Street, then turn left back on to Seneca Street (NYS RT 79W). Questions about this project can be forwarded to the Water and Sewer Division at (607) 272-1717.

Enforcement of odd/even parking regulations is in effect until further notice. Please adhere to odd/even regulations by parking on the correct side of the street at night. Tickets may be issued to vehicles parked on the wrong side of the street. The City may suspend enforcement of odd-even parking in the future and will send out another notification at that time; however, it is your responsibility to know when enforcement of odd-even enforcement is in effect. If there is any question whether odd-even regulations are being enforced, we recommend adhering to the regulations. Odd/even parking regulations apply from November 1st to April 1st, and require that vehicles park only on one side of the road from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m..

MEDIA RELEASE: The Department of Public Works will be holding a Public Information Meeting on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 5:30 PM in the second floor conference room of City Hall, 108 E. Green St, Ithaca. During this meeting, Engineering staff will present project progress and receive input on the preliminary design of the North Aurora Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project. Questions concerning this project should be directed to Addisu Gebre, Bridge Systems Engineer at 607-274-6536 or by