ITHACA, N.Y. — Water main work starting Monday on the 100 and 200 blocks of Buffalo Street will likely cause discolored water and a brief unavailability of water, Ithaca city officials announced.

The work begins Monday morning near the intersections of North Cayuga and North Tioga streets, and is scheduled to be completed Tuesday afternoon. Crews will be working to replace three broken water main valves during that time frame.

Water is scheduled to be shut off in the area from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday while the work is underway. In a social media post by the Department of Public Works, officials said, “Customers who will be affected by this shut down will be individually notified on Monday the 17th. Upon restoration of water flow after the work there is a strong likelihood that some folks will experience discolored / rusty water. Our crew will be flowing hydrants in the vicinity to ensure the extent of discolored water is minimized.”

Traffic will also be delayed in the area because the street will be closed down to one lane during work.

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