(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David today visited crews working on one of this year’s first paving projects and released details of the City’s 2017 street improvement plan.
“As Binghamton leads the Southern Tier in infrastructure upgrades, I’ve made a commitment fix neighborhood streets, bridges, gateways and much more,” said Mayor David at a press conference Friday on Jutland Avenue. “Our plan continues the boldest transportation infrastructure investments in decades, literally paving the way for new growth and improving the integrity of our neighborhoods.”
The $5.3 million 2017 street improvement plan includes 15 miles of infrastructure upgrades:
· 9.86 miles of milling and paving, estimated at $3.7 million
· 4.39 miles of preventative maintenance paving, estimated at $1 million
· 0.75 miles of full street reconstruction, estimated at $600,000
“Investing in infrastructure is a fundamental function of local government,” said Mayor David. “With aggressive planning and the hard work of individuals out in the field, Binghamton’s roads are finally getting the improvements they have needed for a long time.”
Repeating last year’s success, the City will focus on pavement rehabilitation strategies, including overlays — a thin layer of asphalt over the road to seal its surface — to prolong the life of streets in good condition and avoid costly reconstruction projects.
Included in the street improvement plan are $1.32 million in underground utility upgrades, including new water and sewer lines on many roads receiving paving.
In addition to Jutland Ave., Downs Ave., Gaylord St., Hazel St., Highland Ave., Leroy St., Mitchell Ave., Murray St., and Vestal Ave. are among the dozens of additional streets to be paved or reconstructed this season.
The milling and paving program encompasses all parts of the City. To maximize resources and minimize costs, the City is planning to concentrate work in one section of the City at a time (i.e. North Side, East Side, South Side, West Side, First Ward, Downtown).
In a review of New York State’s infrastructure, Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli estimated that local municipalities are only spending about a third of what’s necessary to keep up with deteriorating capital assets. The City of Binghamton is bucking that trend, according to Mayor David.
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