East State Street at the eastern edge of the City of Ithaca, also known as New York State Route 79, will be closed for most of next week as the City of Ithaca's Water & Sewer Division installs water and sewer services for apartment buildings in the new Collegetown Terrace complex. Just one block, from Mitchell Street to Valentine Place, will be closed, but that will necessitate a detour for eastbound and westbound traffic on Route 79.
Eastbound traffic heading uphill from Downtown Ithaca will bear left onto Mitchell Street, proceed up Ithaca Road, turn right onto Maple Avenue at the five-way traffic light, thrn right onto Pine Tree Road, and then return to Route 79, or Slaterville Road, and turn left to resume eastbound travel.
Westbound traffic approaching Ithaca from Slaterville will turn right onto Pine Tree Road, proceed past East Hill Plaza and turn left onto Maple Avenue, bear left onto Ithaca Road, proceed down Mitchell Street, and bear right onto East State Street to continue heading downtown.
Construction on the Collegetown Terrace project is proceeding rapidly on the south side of East State Street between Quarry Street and Valentine Place. The apartment complex will add hundreds of beds, aimed at college students, to the Lower Collegetown neighborhood.
The street closure is just one of several road work projects presently underway within the City of Ithaca. Mayor Svante Myrick referred to the resulting traffic snarls as "Carmageddon." He urged motorists to seek non-car commuting options, or be patient while driving around town. Clinton Street and Prospect Street are closed until November in Downtown Ithaca for the first phase of a bridge and roadway replacement project, and both Green Street and Seneca Street are in the midst of repaving projects.
The affected block of East State Street will be closed from 7am on Monday, May 7th, until 3:30pm on Thursday, May 10th.