(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Tuesday announced construction is underway on the $2.2 million State Street Gateway Project.
“This project will beautify a key gateway to downtown Binghamton, upgrade aging infrastructure and improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists in an area with high foot traffic — especially during events at the Arena,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “As downtown Binghamton continues its renaissance, this work will enhance the main entry to the urban core for drivers from the South Side, Binghamton University and nearby interstate highways.”
The State Street Pedestrian/Streetscape Improvements and Traffic Signal Project will improve the portion of State Street from Susquehanna Street to Hawley Street with new pavement, striping, curbs, sidewalks, bike lanes and pedestrian crossings, creating a gateway into the City. The project also includes enhanced landscaping and lighting, ADA-compliant curb modifications and new traffic signals at the intersection of State and Hawley streets.
State Street, from Susquehanna Street to Hawley Street, will have traffic changes — including lane shifts and lane closures — during the project. The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of August.
Barrett Paving Materials, of Liverpool, is completing the construction work. McFarland Johnson, of Binghamton, is the design engineer for the project.
Funding comes from more than $1 million in federal and state grants, including U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding through a NYSDOT Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant and a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) grant. Local funds will pay for the remaining $1.2 million of the project.
“This project will provide a safe way for pedestrians to cross State St, especially following events at the Arena and creates designated lanes for bicyclists who traverse the corridor,” said Jennifer Yonkoski, Executive Director, Binghamton Metropolitan Transit Study (BMTS). “This project will also enhance the gateway into the City of Binghamton from Vestal and encourage traffic to slow down as they enter downtown. BMTS is excited for this project to happen.”
“The Floyd L Maines Veterans Memorial Arena attracts over 200,000 people a year to downtown Binghamton and we are pleased the City is moving forward with the State Street Gateway Project as safety is our number one priority,” said Chris Marion, General Manager, Floyd L Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. “Guests can expect much-improved pedestrian and vehicle accessibility to both the Arena and adjacent Government Plaza parking facility once this project is completed, making the experience of attending Arena events that much easier.”
“McFarland Johnson is honored to partner with the City of Binghamton on this exciting and transformative Complete Streets project,” said Rich Brauer, President and CEO of McFarland Johnson. “Located a short distance away from our corporate headquarters, the State Street project will improve bicycle and pedestrian safety, providing one more reason why the City of Binghamton is a great place to live, work, and play.”
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