Ithaca, N.Y. — The city got “some needed good news” Thursday morning as North Aurora Street at the Commons reopened for the first time since a deadly crash at the site June 20.
Mayor Svante Myrick announced the reopening in a post on his Facebook page (full text below).
Tom West, the city’s director of engineering, said all-way stop signs will stay in place for now to regulate traffic moving north from Route 96B and turning north from Route 79 at the intersection until the signal lights are replaced.
The intersection had already been slated for new poles, signals, wiring — total replacement of the traffic-control system — before a tractor-trailer crashed into Simeon’s on the Commons, killing a pregnant young mother and wreaking substantial damage to the building.
West said the replacement work is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks.
It may cause some intermittent re-routing of traffic, but the intention is to keep the street open and traffic flowing during the project.
From the mayor’s Facebook page:
Some needed good news.
This morning we opened Aurora Street to traffic.
Since the tragedy that ripped a hole in the heart of the city we’ve taken steps towards healing.
Successfully raising funds to support the family of Amanda Bush and the folks who lost their livelihoods, stabilizing the building, and now reopening the street.
But the road ahead of us is long. We will see the building restored. We will get the Commons construction back on track. We will continue to support the victims. And we will explore every option – physical barriers, enforcement solutions, and legal restrictions – to prevent something like this from happening again.
We also need to keep visiting our downtown businesses. The shopkeepers, servers, chefs, hosts and managers all need our continued support.