Crane delivery to downtown Marriott construction site will cause traffic delays Thursday

October 7, 2015 by Rachel Cera

The next phase of construction of Downtown Ithaca's new Marriott Hotel requires a large crane at the site, and delivery of the crane, in pieces, will cause traffic delays on Thursday. That's the word from the City of Ithaca. "The Marriott Hotel project is coming along nicely, and they are preparing for the next phase of construction," the City said in a statement.

A crane will be delivered to the Marriott Hotel construction site on Thursday. 14850 Photo.A crane will be delivered to the Marriott Hotel construction site on Thursday. 14850 Photo.Crews will deliver the crane to the project site in multiple sections, and "each delivery will likely stop traffic for approximately 10-15 minutes," say officials. "Flaggers will be controlling traffic."

City of Ithaca transportation engineer Tim Logue tells 14850 Today, "They are scheduled to bring in the first piece around 9am, the end of morning rush hour." 

Logue adds, "It will probably take them all day to get the crane fully erected, but parts will come in four or five times during the day. It should only be during those times that there is really any traffic impact."

"The longest delays will promarily affect motorists at the intersection of Aurora Street and East State," according to the City. "Motorists heading to or from South Hill are encouraged to find alternate routes."

The Ithaca Marriott is being constructed adjacent to the existing Rothschild Building and Green Street parking garage along South Aurora Street in Downtown Ithaca. The hotel is slated to have 160 guest rooms as well as fexible meeting and banquet space in a ten-floor building.

It will be the third Marriott property in the Ithaca area, following the 99-room Courtyard Hotel built several years ago near the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, and the 106-room Fairfield Inn & Suites that opened in 2013 next to Manos Diner, now Old Mexico Restaurant, in Ithaca's Southwest.

The crane delivery should be completed by the end of the day on Thursday.

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