(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David today announced the start of construction on the first phase of the $6 million Front St. Gateway Project.
“Today, shovels are in the ground on a transformative project at this major Binghamton gateway,” said Mayor David. “We’re building on recent investments, advancing a comprehensive upgrade to critical infrastructure and fixing one of the worst roads in the City. This is only the beginning of the project that will take until next fall to complete, but all designs and approvals by the state and federal government are done and work is underway.”
The Front St. Gateway Project includes full street reconstruction, new curbs, sidewalks, period lighting and water and sewer upgrades on Front St. between Prospect St. and Winding Way.
On Thursday, crews worked on underground utility upgrades and water line connections associated with the project. This first phase of underground work will allow crews to begin major reconstruction in March 2018. Weather permitting, contractors will also work on repairs to the Front St. floodwall in the coming weeks.
The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) is funding new water and storm sewer lines for the project as part its New York Rising program. Separating storm and sanitary sewer lines reduces localized flooding during storm events and improves the environment through stormwater runoff prevention and water quality improvements. This part of the project will protect numerous residential and commercial assets located along approximately 1.4 miles of Front Street from localized flooding caused by sewer overflow during intense rainfall events.
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) also reviewed plans for the project and administered the original grant from the Federal Highway Administration, which was secured in 2005.
The investment compliments the $12 million Binghamton Gateway Homes project by the First Ward Action Council, which rehabilitated 37 units for affordable housing on Front St. and Clinton St. That project was completed in 2017.
G. DeVincentis & Son Construction, of Binghamton, was awarded the construction contract for the project.
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