BMTS focuses on preservation, rehabilitation

By Brandi Bailey

May 8, 2013 Updated May 9, 2013 at 12:58 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Improvements outlined in a newly released five-year roadwork plan shows the region's transportation priorities.

The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study includes an improvement program featuring dozens of projects for Broome and Tioga counties.

The five-year plan includes very little new construction.

"Most of our projects this year are focused on preservation. Preserving the assets, and not really new projects," BMTS Director Cyndi Paddick said.

Still, the work will be evident in local communities, whether it's transportation by car or by foot. BMTS will be working toward walking trails connecting Binghamton parks.

"It's actually a continuation of Greenway trail from the city of Binghamton out to Cheri Lindsay Park and then eventually to Otsiningo Park," Paddick said.

That project along with many others will begin early in the 5 year time frame.

More than $500 million was allocated for Broome and Tioga counties. The BMTS Policy Committee works to decides how to stretch out that funding.

Some money will go toward the often discussed Front Street Gateway project.

"Unfortunately there wasn't enough money to do what the full extent of what the project planned for," Paddick said.

In 2014, paving will be done on Front Street from Maine Street to Clinton Street. The BMTS says it will keep working to complete the project.

Drivers in the town of Vestal will see improvements in the area of Sheedy Road and Route 26 south.

"Anyone who's ever driven that it's very difficult to get back on 26 from Sheedy Road and you may sit there quite awhile," said Vestal Town Supervisor John Schaffer.

That's another project scheduled to begin at the start of 2014.

To review the drafts and share feedback on the projects, visit www.bmtsonline.com.