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State Street construction begins

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Construction began Tuesday morning on State street in downtown Binghamton as the State Street Gateway Project kicks off.

Similar to the Front Street Gateway Project, city officials hope to improve the main entryways into the Downtown area.

“Historically, many of Binghamton’s gateways, entrances into the city have been dilapidated and run down. Some of them, frankly have been embarrassments. They have not functioned. They’ve been neglected, and have crumbling sidewalks, curbs and potholes,” explained Binghamton Mayor Rich David.

The State Street Gateway project also aims to improve safety for both pedestrians and motorists at the intersection of State and Hawley Streets.

“Coming from Vestal into downtown Binghamton on the parkway, it’s a very high rate of speed. So, we’re trying to slow traffic down into the city, but also to redesign the intersection to make it safer, more functional, and also a major investment and improvement into the gateway into downtown Binghamton,” Mayor David said.

The project will add new and improved sidewalks and crossings adjacent to the City Office Building and the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. In addition, the project will add bike lanes to State Street.

City officials warn that State Street, from Susquehanna Street to Hawley Street will have traffic changes, including lane shifts and lane closures throughout the construction.

The project is expected to be complete by the end of August.

Dan Conklin

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