Several new sidewalk sections put in as part of Binghamton's State Street Gateway project are being torn up by construction crews.

Workers this week have been using heavy equipment to rip out portions of sidewalks that were installed last summer.

Some people who have noticed the activity have wondered why new sidewalks were being removed.

Jared Kraham, executive assistant to the mayor, said the work is being done to ensure all elements of the project are in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

The problems were discovered during the final punch list review of the $2.2 million improvement project near the downtown Governmental Plaza and the Arena.

Part of this new sidewalk near Binghamton City Hall is being replaced. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Barrett Paving Materials of Liverpool oversaw construction on the gateway project. State and federal funds covered about half of the costs of the project.

Kraham said the contractor will bear the cost of the remedial work that's now underway.

A new sidewalk on State Street near the Arena has been removed by workers. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

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