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Exchange Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project

10,000 cars travel the Exchange Street Bridge every day, but next spring, commuters in Binghamton may have to adjust their route.

The Exchange Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project is in its preliminary planning stages.  On Wednesday, the public was invited to stop by the Broome County Public Library to learn more about the project and give their input.

"The bridge is safe to drive on.  There are no problems with safety.  But, there's structural elements that have deteriorated over time that we want to replace.  The design should be finished by the end of this year and we're looking for a 2014 construction," said Philip Krey, City Engineer.

If the project is approved, the bridge would be closed during the rehabilitation for about six months throughout the spring and summer of 2014. Krey says there would be a less than one mile detour.

The preliminary estimated cost of the project at 2.5 million. Krey says 80 percent of the project is federally funded. 15 percent will come from the state and five percent of the cost will come locally.

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