With the help of grant funding from the Village of Johnson City, the project to restore the arch is in full stride, aiming to remove damaged stone from the decades-old arch that may be hazardous and worn down.

Upon the project's start, Crews quickly realized that they may have more work on their hands than they thought.

"What we found when we started taking the stones off was that they're in a little worse shape than we thought they were. There are more that need to be taken off than we thought there were, and the structure needs to be evaluated some more because it's also 104 years old," said Joshua Holland, Director of Public Works for the Village of Johnson City.

The original timeline projected work to be completed by September, but the discovery has extended the timeline to account for the extra work.

This might also hinder plans to open the road back up briefly once they remove all the stones and wait for new stones to be made.

Currently, that section of Main street is blocked off with traffic detour signs on both the Binghamton and Johnson City sides of the arch.

Holland says the detours may be slightly inconvenient, but the result will be worth it.

"We have a pretty new management staff and we're really trying to make JC a new place to be, a new place to live again and not necessarily a new place, but, you know, to revitalize it, to bring everybody back and make it a nice place to walk around on Main street and things like that," said Holland.

According to Holland, the project will most likely be finished by the end of October at the latest.