ITHACA, N.Y.—A common Ithaca thoroughfare will be closed until early September starting this week.

The 100 block of Elm Street will close for sidewalk improvements, pedestrian railing and curb ramp work. Improvements will include new granite curbs, concrete sidewalks and other improvements for pedestrians.

Work will begin on Aug. 3, with the block closing for thru traffic between Floral Avenue and Chestnut Street, with only people who live along Elm and emergency responders allowed vehicular access, according to the city’s announcement. Detours will be posted.

“People driving should use the detour or alternative routes and should expect additional travel times, especially in getting through the West Hill neighborhoods,” reads the city’s announcement. “The city encourages commuters to flex travel times, ride-share, and take public transport whenever possible.”

The work is scheduled to be done Sept. 1, but that is subject to change.

Matt Butler is the Editor in Chief of The Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at