South Aurora Street is open for traffic! But watch out for other road closures.

August 17, 2015 by Rachel Cera

South Aurora Street is open! The detour on Route 96B on Ithaca's South Hill that's lasted most of the summer is finally over. Our joy is tempered by seeing a few other roads with detours this morning, though.

South Aurora Street is open for business! 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.South Aurora Street is open for business! 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.The joint project between the City of Ithaca and New York State Electric & Gas to repair and update South Aurora Street kept south hill traffic detoured for a couple of weeks longer than planned. Assistant Superintendent of Public Works Ray Benjamin told 14850 Today in late July that DDS, NYSEG's subcontractor, "encountered rock, and that can cause significant delays if they are not prepared."

South Aurora had been closed from Prospect Street downtown to Coddington Road (by Rogan's Corner) since Monday, June 8th, and the project was scheduled to be finished "on or about" July 31, though in their original press release, the City did say "Construction, by nature, is subject to constant change, inclement weather, and unexpected findings."

Cornell University says a summer-long project that has kept Tower Road closed for weeks is wrapping up, and the road will reopen at 8am Wednesday morning, August 19th. All TCAT and nearby county transit systems' bus stops that were relocated for the summer will be back on Tower Road on Thursday.

City crews are working on the Giles Street bridge over Six Mile Creek today, with one lane closed and flaggers directing traffic. Giles Street is also closed from Columbia to Hudson. Aurora Street is down to one lane just north of Court Street. And we're told there's a detour on West Clinton Street.

Both Cornell University and Ithaca College have their freshman classes arriving this weekend.

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