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Two Rivers Greenway Project: Public Hearing To Be Held For Phase 2 Of 434 Walking Trail

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The public will have a chance to ask questions and weigh in about the next phase of the Two Rivers Greenway project. Phase 2 will extend the walking and bike trail from Pennsylvania Ave to Murray Hill Road. 

The proposed project is an extension of the already existing greenway that runs along Route 434 by Pennsylvania Ave. The expansion would add 2.5 miles of trail, which would run on the south side of 434, passing MacArthur Elementary School and heading down the Vestal Parkway. New York State Department of Transportation's Public Information Officer Scott Cook says there would be several access points to 434 from the trail, allowing pedestrians to walk or bike to businesses or work. 

"It's to connect downtown Binghamton with the commercial area along 434 or the Vestal Parkway," says Cook, "To give people the option to not have to get in their cars, not have to find parking, to not effect the climate. They can come down here, they can get some exercise."

Cook says there is more and more traffic along 434 and the greenway provides a safer way for pedestrians to navigate the area. 

The public hearing is planned for January 28th at MacArthur Elementary. An open house starts at 5:30 p.m., where community members will be able to view project plans. A formal presentation starts at 6:30 p.m., with the public able to ask questions or give input directly afterward. 

"If you have any questions, any concerns, any input, come on out," says Cook.

The project design plans can be seen here. 

Cook says construction is expected to start sometime in 2020. Eventually, the idea is to expand the greenway to where the Vestal rail trail ends.