ITHACA, N.Y. — The city is set to begin a water and sewer replacement project at the intersection of College Avenue and Mitchell Street to Bool Street in Collegetown next week. Part of College Avenue will be closed this summer for the construction.

The project to upgrade water and sewer services in Collegetown is slated to start Monday, June 17, and end in late August. During the construction, the 100 block of College Avenue from Mitchell Street to Bool Street will be closed to through-traffic for the duration of the work. Crews will replace the existing sewer main in the first phase of the project and as the sewer crew moves into phase two, from Bool Street to Catherine Street, a second crew will begin to replace the water main in the same stretch of roadway, according to a city news release.

During the project, the city recommends the following detours:

  • Southbound traffic on College Avenue heading from Dryden Road can utilize Catherine, Cook, or Bool streets to circumvent the work but will not be allowed through on College Avenue to Mitchell Street. Local delivery trucks will be accommodated through the work zone in coordinated efforts with city crews.
  • Traffic heading northeast on Mitchell Street that is planning to head north on College Avenue will be directed onto Linden Avenue.
  • Traffic heading southwest on Mitchell Street will be directed west onto East State Street and then north onto Eddy Street.

For additional information, contact Erik Whitney, Don Corwin or Scott Gibson, DPW, Water& Sewer Division at 607-272-1717.

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