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Prospect Mountain Project ‘milestone’ to improve safety on Route 17, Interstate 81 interchange

BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — The New York State Department of Transportation on Wednesday announced the recent opening of two lanes of traffic on the newly constructed section of Interstate 81 northbound and State Route 17 westbound between I-81 Exit 3 (Broad Avenue) and Chenango Street in Binghamton.

NYSDOT officials say this latest milestone marks the end of the temporary, two-lanes-in-each-direction traffic pattern on I-81 southbound/Route 17 eastbound.

“The Prospect Mountain project is another example of how Governor Cuomo’s support for transportation is making lasting improvements in safety, travel and economic growth,” State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said in a news release. “This work at the critical crossroads of I-81 and Route 17 is enhancing connectivity and make it easier for people to get to where they want to go, helping to keep the Southern Tier soaring and strengthening its competitiveness in New York State and beyond.”

According to the DOT, this stage of the Prospect Mountain project, which began last December, is reconstructing nearly nine center lane miles of highway. Interchange 4 (Binghamton/Port Dickinson) will be reconstructed at its juncture with Route 7 by replacing the interchange on and off ramps, the bridges over Route 7 and the viaduct bridge over the Norfolk-Southern Railroad tracks and Broad Avenue.

Authorities say two new bridges will also be constructed over the Chenango River in Binghamton.

“This work will improve safety by correcting vehicle weaving and eliminating traffic bottlenecks by limiting merging traffic and lane changes,” according to the news release.

Work is expected to be complete by December 2020.

Work recently completed includes:

Additional work completed this year includes:

The DOT says major construction has wrapped up for the season, but minor work will continue throughout the winter, weather permitting.

Work in 2019 will include the construction of Front Street northbound lanes and a multi-use path.

WBNG Staff

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