Vacri Construction will be wrapping up its construction work this year on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. The work that was completed these past four months represents a 50+ year upgrade to the existing water, sanitary and storm sewer systems.

The construction fence in front of Center Ithaca has been relocated, and a large area has been paved with asphalt to allow for a generous public plaza, which will accommodate public events, such as the Holiday Festival on December 7 and the Ice Carving Competition on December 13-14. Please visit www.downtownithaca.com for details on these and other activities that the Downtown Ithaca Alliance has planned for the winter.

The week of November 25th, a saw cut line will be made along the north and south sides of the Commons. This line will be outside the construction fence, about 8 feet in front of each building. Pedestrians flow should not be disrupted during the saw cutting. The saw cutting is in preparation for work NYSEG will be doing in 2014.

Regarding Phase 3, the contract documents are in final development, with a bid package expected to be advertised in early December, followed by a contract award in January 2014. Work on Phase 3 is expected to begin in March 2014, weather-permitting.