BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The city of Binghamton will be demolishing two downtown pedestrian bridges that are no longer in use beginning Friday.
Mayor Rich David announced in a press release that the pedestrian bridges that span over State and Water streets will be demolished.
Demolition efforts for the bridge over State Street will begin Friday, but the mobilization of construction equipment to the bridge will begin Thursday.
The bridge connects the State Street Parking Garage and the Metrocenter.
The mayor's office says State Street in between Court Street and the parking garage will be closed to traffic for about three weeks. They say the parking garage will remain open during this time period.
In January 2020, demolition efforts for the bridge over Water Street will begin. The bridge connects the Water Street Parking Garage and the Metrocenter.
The mayor's office says the reason this bridge will be torn down in January is so the construction will have no impact on holiday shopping at Boscov's.
Mayor David says the the demolition of the bridges will have many benefits on the city.
“Built in the era of urban renewal many decades ago, these elevated walkways have not been used in years and are crumbling and unsafe,” said he said. “Blight reduction includes more than vacant houses in neighborhoods. In downtown Binghamton, we’re looking to clean up our streetscape and remove dilapidated infrastructure to support our region’s economic and cultural hub.”