A portion of Triphammer Road in Ithaca's northeast has reopened to traffic today, but will be closed again next Monday and Tuesday, as repair work scheduled for this week has been extended. The City of Ithaca's Water & Sewer Division will resume work on damaged and leaking water valves on Monday, April 28th, at 7am.
Matt Sledjeski, a civil engineer with the City of Ithaca, says work on the damaged water service equipment took longer than expected, and rainy weather earlier this week also delayed the project. "We had to make a decision between completing the pipe work and having Triphammer Road closed all weekend, or re-opening the road for the weekend and finishing up the last bit of work on Monday and Tuesday," Sledjeski says. "We felt that it would be better to have the street opened through the weekend."
The affected stretch of Triphammer Road, within the Village of Cayuga Heights, is from the intersection with Jessup Road adjacent to Cornell's North Campus, to the intersection with Hanshaw Road, next to the Community Corners shopping center. Emergency access and access to homes on that portion of road will be maintained, but through traffic should seek alternate routes.
Drivers headed north towards Community Corners and the Village of Lansing will be directed to turn right onto Jessup Road, then left onto Pleasant Grove Road, which ends at Hanshaw Road next to the Cayuga Heights Fire Station.
Drivers headed south towards the Cornell campus and the City of Ithaca will be directed to turn from Hanshaw Road onto Pleasant Grove Road, drive past Cornell's A Lot, then turn right onto Jessup Road and return to Triphammer Road.
Sledjeski says crews will close Triphammer Road at 7am on Monday, and reopen it when work is completed on Tuesday.