17C bridge replacement will detour travel for some

By Jillian Marshall

December 18, 2013 Updated Dec 18, 2013 at 12:50 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A heavily traveled bridge on route 17C needs to be replaced, and construction could change travel plans for local commuters.

The New York State Department of Transportation held a preliminary meeting Tuesday night on the replacement of the 17C bridge over Patterson Creek.

The 38-foot span was built in 1932, and the DOT says it's deteriorating.

"It's nearing the end of it's useful life. It is showing deterioration," said DOT Public Information Officer Dave Hamburg. "It has shown deterioration in the last inspection that we had earlier this year and the most efficient and effective, cost effective way, to address the concerns of the structure is to replace it."

There are three options for the bridge's replacement.

The cost will be between $2 million and $3.5 million, depending on which option is chosen, Hamburg said. The DOT said 80 percent of the cost will be covered by federal funds and 20 percent by the state.

Two of the options include taking some land from neighboring business owners to create a sidewalk.

"We have about a 150-foot road frontage, and they want to narrow that down, and we don't really care about that too much," said owner of Robert Laman Jr. Construction Robert Laman. "We have tractor trailers coming in and out of here doing deliveries and we need room for them."

Construction is slated to start in the spring of 2015.

During construction, the bridge will be reduced from four lanes to two and will detour traffic along Hooper Road.

The DOT said they hope to finalize their plans for the build by next fall.

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