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Tompkins County Road Projects

The road program oversees construction, maintenance, and repair of 302 miles of the roads in Tompkins County.

"Road Project"

Major road construction & design plans include:

East Hill Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project - Town of Ithaca
Station Road Stream/Culvert Restoration Project - Town of Danby
2022 Tompkins County PAVING and CHIP SEAL Projects - Various Towns


East Hill Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project, Town of Ithaca

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS: Public comment is requested with regard to proposed safety improvements (improved crosswalk features) on Ellis Hollow Road, east of Pine Tree Road.  The main feature is installation of a Rapid Flashing Safety Beacon and ladder type crosswalk pavement markings. 

Purpose of Announcement 

The purpose of this announcement to communicate the planned improvements developed from a study and preliminary design for improvements on Pine Tree Road. The study concluded with improvements to the existing mid-block pedestrian and bicycle crossing located 200 feet east of the Pine Tree Road intersection on Ellis Hollow Road. The primary work elements for this project include replacement of mid-block crosswalk signs with a solar powered Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB), including the realignment of a 20 foot section of the paved trail on the north side of Ellis Hollow to divert pedestrians and bicycles from entering the MIrabato business. A high visibility ladder bar style crosswalk will also be installed under a separate project. 

All comments and recommendations on this project will receive consideration and will be used to finalize the County’s design of the project.  Written comments may be presented to the Highway Department by email to no later than August 14, 2020. 

Project Background 

The project originated as a study of vehicles and pedestrian crossings on Pine Tree Road and Ellis Hollow Road. This project was initiated by Tompkins County to address the mobility and safety on these County Roads at this intersection with Pine Tree Road and Ellis Hollow Road. 

Project Objectives

The primary objective of this project is to improve driver awareness and pedestrian safety (for pedestrians and bicycles) crossing Ellis Hollow Road near this intersection with Pine Tree Road. See information for RRFB at 

Design Alternatives 

Only one design alternative is under consideration, which is the installation of an RRFB and realignment of the adjoining trail away from the Mirabato commercial driveway.  This alternative will address the project objectives and: 

  • Improve the safety alerting motorists of a mid-block pedestrian/bicycle crossing
  • Improve safety of pedestrians and bicycles crossing Ellis Hollow Road by installing trail signage and detectable warning units meeting the Americans with Disabilities Act. 
  • Redirect pedestrians and bicycles e crossing away from the MIrabato driveway

Project Cost

The approximate construction cost is $60,000.  Funding is 80% Federal reimbursement and 20% County.  

Project Schedule

This project is currently scheduled for design completion in the fall of 2020, bidding in the fall of 2020, with construction in fall of 2020 or spring of 2021.  Construction duration is expected to be one month.


Location / Section:  Ellis Hollow Road approximately 200 feet east of Pine Tree Road



Station Road Stream/Culvert Restoration Project, Town of Danby

Type:  Replacement of two culverts and restoration of approximately 500 feet of stream bed to facilitate drainage.

Project Status:  Planning / Design

Schedule:   Summer 2022

Location / Section:  NYS Route 96 and Railroad Tracks



2022 Tompkins County Chip Seal Projects, Various Towns

Type:  Chip Seal

Project Status:  Construction Complete

Schedule:  Summer 2022

Locations:  Map of PAVING and CHIP SEAL Projects - Various Towns