Due to a storm sewer collapse, Elm Street, between Floral Avenue and Chestnut Street will be closed for two months due to construction. There are no interruptions to water service in the area expected for the foreseeable future. Instead of Elm Street, vehicles can detour around the construction area via Hector Street, Sunrise Road, and Chestnut Street. More updates will be released as the construction process goes on.
Cliff Murphy, Supervisor of Streets for the City of Ithaca, said the collapse, which occurred on Saturday, is believed to be a result of the age of the weighed stone box culvert. Murphy said some challenges he is expecting to encounter will be the depth of the excavation and supporting the utilities in place.
“Those [the utility mains] are basically obstacles in the excavation because the pipe that we have to replace is beneath them," Murphy said. "So, we will have to dig beyond the existing water, sanitary and sewer, and gas mains in order to put in a new cross pipe.”
Construction crews will have to excavate the length of the road in order to install a new pipe. He said it is something similar to the water main break that occurred last year on N. Cayuga St. but is the result of a different issue.