The 300 block of Spencer Road (from the traffic circle to the Stone Quarry Rd intersection) is going to undergo repaving. Work is scheduled to start August 2nd. After Aurora St reopens (on or after August 15th), this section of Spencer Road will be closed (with traffic detoured to Aurora St on South Hill) until the work is completed.
From the City of Ithaca website:
Construction Update- Spencer Road Mill & Pave
PROJECT START DATE: August 2, 2019
PROJECT NAME: Spencer Road – Mill and Pave
PROJECT LOCATION: Spencer Road – From the Traffic Circle to Stone Quarry Road
PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOAL: Mill existing road surface and prepare for asphalt overlay.
LOCAL IMPACTS: Traffic will be controlled by flaggers for the duration of the milling process. Spencer Road will be closed for paving after South Aurora Street has been re-opened to accommodate traffic detour (estimated date August 15, 2019).
RECOMMENDED DETOURS IN PLACE: Traffic controlled by flaggers for the duration of the milling of the road. South Aurora Street will serve as a detour route while Spencer Road is re-paved.
ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: August 30, 2019
For additional questions and concerns, please contact the City of Ithaca Streets & Facilities Department at (607) 272-1718
The Engineering Office of the Department of Public Works will hold three open houses for the draft 2020 Sidewalk Improvement District (SID) work plan.
The Spencer Road neighborhood is in sidewalk improvement district (SID) 4. Here are the meetings that include SID 4.
Monday, June 24, 2019
5:00 PM- 7:00 PM
Lehman Alternative Community School, Library
(SIDs 4 & 5)
Friday, June 28, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
City Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Map of the Sidewalk Improvement Districts (SIDs).
Based on these open house meetings, the Department will then develop a final proposed work plan and budget and these will be presented to the Board of Public Works. The budgets for each SID can then be translated into the Mayor’s proposed budget and Common Council will have the opportunity to review each SID work plan through their normal budget review process this fall. Projects that are not included in the 2020 work plan will be considered for 2021.
Questions about undertaking sidewalk work can be directed to the Engineering Office (607) 274-6534. The proposed 2020 Work Plan will be posted to the City’s website after the first meeting. Written comments will also be accepted through July 16, 2019 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next Spencer Road Neighborhood Association will be 10:00-11:30am, Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Tompkins Community Action (701 Spencer Road). (The Door is locked, ring doorbell for entry.)
Purpose of meeting:
We want to expand and organize our association for greater effectiveness, and to develop plans to address issues with the Spencer Road/Stone Quarry intersection and the 300 block of Spencer Road.
- Brainstorming a mission statement (10 min)
- Are elections necessary? If so, what should the roles, responsibilities, and terms be? (10 min)
- Request more communication from the city, regular updates on Common Council and BPW meetings, and any items that get sent to other neighborhood organizations. (5 min)
Stone Quarry Intersection Punch List
- Fixing drainage, painting, signage (5 min)
- School buses (Where do they/should they run pickup/dropoffs?) (10 min)
- Mail delivery (Weekday delivery sees mail truck driving on sidewalk and pedestrians forced to walk on street) (20 min)
300 Block of Spencer Road
- Poor quality of road (15 min)
- Traffic calming (15 min)
- Develop dedicated turn-around on 300 block (5 min)
Planning Future Events (5 min total)
- Spring cleanup is May 4 at 10:00AM, meet on the 400 block
- The next meeting in May, date TBD, at the Tompkins County Public Library, to evaluate that as a meeting place
- Summer block party
There will be sidewalk, curbing, and road work done on Spencer Road starting sometime in the next month. We heard from that some neighbors that they were not notified.
Last month, a representative from the City left letters in people’s doors about the work. Here is a scanned copy of the letter.
Here are the relevant sections:
The City has awarded the contract to EZ Paving/Sealcoat, LLC out of Fulton, NY. A precise schedule for construction has not been defined yet. but I expect work to commence between middle of May or June. The project includes sidewalk construction,resetting or installing curb, a small retaining wall, drainage improvements, and asphalt milling and paving on the above-mentioned streets.
You will not receive any additional billing for the sidewalk construction or for any work performed on your property; however, we may need your permission to do any related work on your property where it meets the sidewalk in case it required modifications to driveways, walkways. stairs or other features on your property in order to provide a transition to the new sidewalk.
Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times via a diversion of the existing pathway around the construction works. Vehicular access to your property will also be maintained. There might be situations where access will be limited, but the contractor will coordinate this work and changes accordingly.
Anyone with concerns should contact Eduardo Torres, Assistant Civil Engineer for the City at: email@example.com.