Ithaca, N.Y. — One lane of traffic on Aurora Street closed since the Simeon’s disaster could be reopened by late this week or early next week, according to Ithaca officials.
“We’re hopeful that it will be very soon,” said Tim Logue, the city’s transportation engineer.
Reopening the lane should help traffic snarls from South Hill into the city and clear up some of the congestion downtown, Logue said.
It’ll also mark an important step for the city, which is slowly rebuilding after a runaway tractor-trailer drove into Simeon’s Restaurant and killed a young pregnant mother on June 20.
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The second lane of traffic on Aurora Street and the sidewalk outside Simeon’s will likely remain closed for the foreseeable future, Logue said.
That space will give construction crews a “staging ground” to place equipment and other materials as they work to stabilize the building that housed Simeon’s, which is one of the oldest in Ithaca, according to Logue.
As for when officials will know for sure when the building will reopen, Logue said the city is awaiting confirmation from the building department and the engineer on the project.
They’re working “hand in hand to determine when they feel the building is safe and they’re not concerned about any material falling off,” Logue said.