The City of Binghamton is making repairs and safety improvements to 21 intersections to improve pedestrian safety.

Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham announced the upgrades around the Parlor City during a stop June 14 at one work zone in a high-traffic area on Clinton Street near a local hardware store where crews could be seen digging up the pavement and curbs along the side of the street.

Photo courtesy Binghamton City Hall
Photo courtesy Binghamton City Hall

The Republican Mayor says: “This project will make Binghamton more walkable and safer for pedestrians, especially in areas that already have heavy foot traffic, like near our schools.”

The work includes new paint and signs as well as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-accessible curbs. In addition, elevated crosswalks and rapid-flashing signage are planned for some specific, targeted areas.

The 21 locations receiving pedestrian crosswalk upgrades are:

·         Bevier Street and Brownson Street intersection

·         UHS Binghamton General Hospital (two locations)

·         Clinton Street between Matis Street and Holland Avenue (three locations)

·         Riverside Drive and Chestnut Street intersection

·         West Middle School (six locations)

·         Woodrow Wilson Elementary School

·         East Middle School (three locations)

·         Vestal Avenue and Rush Avenue intersection

·         Hawley Street between Fayette Street and Stuyvesant Street (two locations)

·         Liberty Street and Pearne Street intersections

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City officials say the total costs of the design and the actual construction of the upgrades are put at $885,000.  The New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are sharing $780,000 of the project costs.  The City of Binghamton is paying the other $105,000.

A news release from City Hall indicated the work is expected to be completed in the fall.

Boland’s Excavating & Topsoil, Inc. of Conklin is doing the work on the project.

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