Repairing the Exchange Street Bridge

By Erika Mahoney

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 11:44 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) One of the busiest bridges in Binghamton is set to get a face lift.

City officials say an estimated 10,000 vehicles drive over the Exchange Street Bridge everyday.

While the bridge isn't unsafe to drive over yet, city engineers say repairs are needed.

Construction is set to begin about one year from now, and will last for six to seven months.

"We are anticipating closing the bridge during construction," city engineer Philip Krey said. "That will facilitate construction and shorten the construction time. There will be a detour that will route around the bridge. But the detour is short, relatively short. I believe it's less that a mile."

The preliminary designs have been reviewed by the New York State Department of Transportation.

The project will cost $2.5 million, 80 percent of which will be federally funded. The state will cover 15 percent and the city will cover 5 percent.

On Wednesday evening, the public was invited to learn about the project.

Officials expect to submit a final design, incorporating public input, to the state over the next few weeks.