The City of Ithaca is beginning its annual "spring cleaning" of city streets on Monday, March 18th, beginning in Collegetown to take advantage of Cornell's spring break and the resulting thinner population in the area next week. Ithaca's Department of Public Works has published a schedule of which streets will be off-limits for parking on weekdays each week through April 16th.
Cars left on streets scheduled to be cleaned will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.Students leaving for spring break, or other area residents going away for a few days, should not leave their cars parked on City streets. (Ithaca's odd-even parking restrictions remain in effect until April 1st, in any case.)
Each street to be cleaned will be posted with "No Parking" signs 24 hours in advance, with the effective date shown on the signs. All vehicles must be removed from these streets by 7am on that date, or will be ticketed by the Ithaca Police Department and towed away at the owners' expense. Parkers may return their cars to the cleaned streets once the signs have been removed by DPW staff.
Area residents may rake yard waste into the curb gutter while the street is posted and before the cleaning crews come through. The City says any material raked into the street after the street cleaning is performed will be removed at the property owner's expense.
One of Ithaca Carshare's vehicles, available around town for use by the hour. 14850 Photo.Since Ithaca Carshare vehicles are parked in specially marked spaces on area streets, and will have to be moved in advance of the street cleaning, the clever Carshare folks are offering a special deal to their members: reserve an Ithaca Carshare vehicle on a day it must be moved, and the hours from 7am to 1pm are free. Details on the Ithaca Carshare offer are on their web site.