East Shore Drive Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Corridor Project

This project will develop a feasibility study for a capital project to improve the safety for pedestrians and bicyclists and develop designs to link existing multi-use trail infrastructure on approximately 700’ of East Shore Drive (NYS-34) between Boynton Middle School (N. Cayuga Street) and the Ithaca Youth Bureau (James L. Gibbs Dr.) This is a key corridor providing an important link to Stewart Park and the Cayuga Waterfront Trail for walkers, joggers, and cyclists of all ages and from various City of Ithaca neighborhoods, as well nearby Town of Ithaca and Village of Cayuga Heights neighborhoods. The corridor is also an important and busy transportation route for cars and trucks, including the location of on- and off-ramps for NYS-13 with access to NYS-34. No bicycle infrastructure currently exists within the corridor. This project will advance the Better Bike Network’s Key Project A1: Build NY Route 13 Underpass Shared-Use Trail. A special thanks to Assemblymember Dr. Anna R. Kelles for support of the feasibility study.

Project Location Map

Progress To Date

Consulting engineers Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C. and surveyors Erdman Anthony have visited the site and met with City of Ithaca, Town of Ithaca, Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council, and New York State Department of Transportation staff.  The knowledge gained from their time in Ithaca — along with extensive background research and transportation design standards — will inform the development of three schematic alternative plans. 

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Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact Town of Ithaca Director of Planning C.J. Randall at 607-273-1721 x120 or at cjrandall@town.ithaca.ny.us.