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Crews will hustle to finish Phase 2 of Commons reconstruction

Crews will hustle to finish Phase 2 of Commons reconstruction

Just four weeks remain before Thanksgiving, a day that also marks a tight deadline for those working construction on the Ithaca Commons.

Crews plan to wrap up Phase 2 of the project, which involves replacing the utilities that lie underneath the Commons, before the holiday shopping season.

Project Manager Michael Kuo says he’s confident they can make the “hard deadline.”

“City hall has made commitments to the downtown community to keep downtown free of construction for the holiday shopping season,” Kuo said.

Kuo says the Commons won’t look that much different when the work is complete, but there will be some benefits.

He says they are planning to open up Trolley Circle–the intersection of State and Tioga streets–to accomodate several winter events.

Work on the Commons will start up again in March of 2014, which will mark Phase 3 of the project.

The $12 million project is funded by a mix of federal, state and local dollars.

For the latest updates on the project, visit http://ithacacommons.info

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