Front Street Gateway Project Kicks OffPosted: Updated:
Standing in the rain flanked by construction workers, Binghamton Mayor Rich David officially kicked off the Front Street Gateway Project.
The project is a revitalization of Front Street between Winding Way and Prospect Street.The road will be closed during business hours for upgrades to the water and sewer systems, lighting, curbs and sidewalks.
Two-way traffic will be open on nights and weekends. Upgrades are expected to be completed next year, so expects detours and some delays.
Mayor David said funding the Gateway project has been 12 years in the making, with the city partnering with the Federal Highway Administration, Office of Housing and Urban Development, New York State Department of Transportation and the Governor's Office for Storm Recovery. He says it's imperative that Front Street is repaired.
"This is the street that I've received the most phone calls about. There are portions right now where up until recently you could still see red brick underneath and there are still trolley tracks located along this stretch. This is a major gateway that we are rehabilitating" - Mayor David
The mayor will be holding outreach meetings for the affected residents and business owners, but so far he said Front Street residents are happy their road is being repaired.
"I'm glad they're doing it because it needs to be done. They're going to refurbish the whole street and the end result will be great." - Front Street resident
A local motorist who's driven on Front Street said the repair is much needed.
"The road is horrible. I think the road's horrible, it needs to be redone bad." - Oxford resident
For a schedule of the outreach meetings and alternate routes go to the City of Binghamton website.