ITHACA, N.Y.—The City of Ithaca has announced the East State Street milling and paving project starting this week, likely to lead to traffic delays until its predicted end point in mid-August.

The work will take place from the tuning fork area of East State Street up to Mitchell Street. It is being done to improve pavement condition, install new drainage infrastructure, replace a retaining wall on one side of the street and ADA-compliant enhancements to sidewalks.

According to the city, “one lane will be maintained in each direction with lane shifts to the south side of the street. Though traffic will be maintained in both directions, motorists should expect delays in the area.”

One portion of the sidewalk, the north side, will be closed, with a pedestrian detour in place. More traffic control plans will be introduced going forward in relation to the project, but the city did not disclose those plans specifically.

There will be five parking spots removed from the south side of the street across from Schuyler Place.

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