Chenango Street bridges

By Dave Sherry

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM EDT

Binhamton, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) The New York State Department of Transportation started demolition on the old Chenango Street bridges on Route 17/Interstate 81.

Jackhammers and blow torches are being used to demo the current bridges to make room for the new ones.

The replacement of those bridges is part of the Prospect Mountain reconstruction project, a major step toward transforming Route 17 into Interstate 86.

"What we're doing is bringing them up to standards. So it will be wider, there will be more lanes on top, there will be a wider shoulder than what now exists and so it's coming up, as I said, to current design standards," Dave Hamburg of the Department of Transportation said.

The Department of Transportation will close Chenango Street Wednesday morning between Moffatt Avenue and Sturges Street.

Accommodations will be available for residents so they can avoid the construction area.

"There is no charge for the bus that will be operating continuously, around the clock while the closure is here. We are standing near one of the stops, that is Moffatt Street, Moffatt and Chenango. The other one is on the other side of the bridge at Sturges and Chenango," Hamburg said.

Drivers need to be aware of the closure and find other routes or follow the signed detours.

Chenango Street will be reopened at the conclusion of this phase of construction at 5 p.m. on Friday.