The North Aurora Street block known as Restaurant Row, which was closed to vehicular traffic for much of 2020 to provide additional sidewalk dining in downtown Ithaca, will revert to Aurora Street status next week ” to return. The Downtown Ithaca Alliance says barriers will return and sidewalk seating will return to the curb starting April 1. The street itself remains free of tables or seats for access to emergency vehicles and can be used by pedestrians all day.
According to DIA, participating restaurants that take advantage of the expanded sidewalk seating include Luna Inspired Street Food, Red’s Place, Mahogany Grill, and Simeon’s American Bistro.
Aurora Street was closed to traffic for the first time in late June last year for a month-long test period to allow restaurants to extend outdoor seating to the edge of the sidewalk in the summer. It was extended several times and returned to normal in mid-November.
City officials are restoring accessible ramps and paths for pedestrians on the street, and cars are forced to drive around the block.
Vehicular traffic traveling to downtown Ithaca from South Hill on South Aurora Street can turn left on Prospect Street to continue on Route 96B, or at the new downtown building, turn right on East State Street and at At the Tuning Fork intersection, turn left onto Seneca Road to North Aurora Street or on to Seneca Street.
Traffic towards downtown from East Hill on East State Street will be diverted to East Seneca Street, Ithaca City officials say.
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