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ITHACA, N.Y. — Construction season is upon us, and the West End is set for traffic after the City of Ithaca announced on Wednesday that Hector Street is set to close for 6 months.

Construction would begin on the replacement of Hector Street from Floral Ave to 500 feet west of Warren Place on Monday, March 16. Hector Street will be down to a single lane from that Monday through the end of the month, with flaggers providing alternating traffic flow in both directions. People driving or biking should expect delays.

Then, beginning April 1, Hector Street will be closed and a detour opened using Cliff Street, Hayts Road, and Halseyville Road.

New and replacement sidewalks will be constructed along Hector Street between Floral Avenue and 500 feet west of Warren Place. In addition to the sidewalks, Bothar Construction — a Vestal-based contractor hired by the city, will be repairing or installing retaining walls, curbing, and drainage improvements while city crews will be making improvements to the water main and stormwater infrastructure.

People who live along Hector Street, and the neighborhood off of North Taylor Place, will have access to their homes.

The city is reminding people who may be walking or biking through the closure to use caution and obey directions from construction crews.

People driving should use the detour or alternative routes and should expect additional travel times, particularly in the West End.

Construction is set to be completed Oct. 1.