This Locally Administered Federal Aid (LAFA) project included the installation of a new sidewalk on the north side of Hector Street in Ithaca, New York, and a dedicated uphill bicycle facility. The corridor serves as one of only two routes that cross the Cayuga Inlet flood-control channel between West Hill and the city center, and it lacked accommodations for safe mobility and convenient access for pedestrians and bicyclists along the roadway. Erdman Anthony provided preliminary design, final design, construction inspection, and construction support services for the project.
The preferred alternative was a 5-foot-wide sidewalk with a 4- to 5-foot setback provided for snow storage between the sidewalk and the edge of the pavement or curb. Due to grading or ROW limitations, a 5-foot-wide sidewalk with 2-foot grass strip adjacent to the curb was provided where necessary.
Retaining walls with protective railings at drop-off locations were installed as appropriate. ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps, including detectable warning devices, were installed at all side-street crossing locations. Sidewalk in need of repair between the 600 block of Hector Street and Floral Avenue was replaced.
Roadway improvements included modifications of two horizontal curves along Hector Street to reduce grading impacts to property owner frontages, eliminate the need for a retaining wall, and improve sight distance. Bicycle accommodations included a 5-foot on-road bike lane that was installed between the western project limit and 715 Hector Street.
Additionally, an 8-foot-wide multiuse side path was constructed between 211 Hector Street and Floral Avenue. The existing transit accommodations were enhanced with the installation of two new bus stops at Warren Place and Taylor Place.