Open house Wednesday for Ellis Hollow Road reconstruction phase 2

May 20, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

There's an open house Wednesday for area residents who'd like to discuss phase two of the Ellis Hollow Road reconstruction project with municipal leaders. The meeting is from 6-7pm on May 20th at the Ellis Hollow Community Center on Genung Road.

The first phase of the project, completed in 2011, rebuilt a 1.5 mile length of Ellis Hollow Road from Thomas Road west almost as far as Genung Road. The second phase will rebuild from there almost as far west as Dodge Road, another 1.1 miles.

The Tompkins County Highway Division says the original plans were to rebuild about another 0.4 miles, to the intersection with Game Farm Road, but a budgeted $600,000 contribution from the Cornell Community Transportation Initiative won't be available as planned.

Originally, the project was to include painting the road's shoulders green, which highway planners suggested would serve as a traffic-calming measure, by making the road seem narrower and encouraging drivers to slow down. There was no indication that painting the shoulders green on the eastern portion of the road had such effects, though, according to the county.

The plan does include installation of storm sewers along the south side of the roadway, which will allow the existing ditches to be covered to provide wider shoulders.

The Ellis Hollow Community Center, at 111 Genung Road, is also opening their pool this week, with a free Pool Open House weekend May 23rd-25th. Pool hours are noon-7pm on weekends through June 25th, with weekday hours beginning June 25th. A BBQ fundraiser this Saturday from 4-7pm will support the Ellis Hollow Nursery School.

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