March 8, 2006

Campus Bridge Renovation Begins March 20

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Just as students escape for spring break next week, the City of Ithaca will begin renovation of the Thurston Avenue Bridge, which connects North Campus with East Avenue on central campus. From March 20 to May 26, the bridge will be open to southbound vehicular traffic only, with one sidewalk available to pedestrians. The construction will continue to partially restrict traffic on the bridge until Oct. 31, 2007, the project’s expected completion date. Construction will cease on certain dates, such as Cornell’s commencement and the fall semester’s move-in days, to open all lanes and allow for the increased traffic.

Starting in March 2007, the remaining deck on the bridge will be completely removed, thus closing it entirely to all traffic, according to a proposed schedule released by the City of Ithaca last week. The bridge will remain closed to traffic until August 2007, when Cornell students return for the fall semester.

“We are aware that the project will result in major disruption in the community,” said Simeon Moss ’73, director of the Cornell press office. “Cornell will cooperate with Ithaca to provide timely information about the construction