Downtown Traffic Circulation Study

City of Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York


SRF & Associates evaluated alternative circulation schemes that support all modes of travel in the Ithaca Central Business District. The primary objective was to improve circulation, access and the user-friendliness for all modes in the Central Business District. Evaluation of converting one-way streets to two-way operation was one priority task of this project. Other objectives of the project included evaluation of context sensitive solutions for major downtown corridors, relocating or installing an additional traffic signal to provide a mid-block pedestrian crossing, realigning East State Street at Aurora Street to create a pedestrian plaza, and evaluating angle parking. The study determined and assessed the impacts associated with these potential changes. A comprehensive inventory of the existing roadway network operations was developed. Issues concerning traffic operations, transit accommodations, fire and emergency response service, pedestrian activity, bicycle travel, on-street parking and loading, and safety issues were evaluated.