NY Approved To Start Route 17 to I-86 Conversion

By Candace Chapman

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 7, 2008 at 6:54 PM EDT

The biggest project to convert Route 17 to Interstate 86 will start with moving people.

New York has federal approval for its plan to reconstruct the so called Kamikaze Curve stretch in Binghamton.

It's where 17 meets with Interstate 81.

The design calls for more lanes, 6 new bridges and a new interchange.

The state will buy and demolish 20 homes in Prospect Mountain to build a noise wall.

The Department of Transportation uses market value to determine a price, although homeowners have opportunities to ask for more.

Also, starting this fall, the DOT will put up high lighting and message signs as part of preliminary work.

The bulk of construction won't begin until 2010.

It's a 250 million dollar project.

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