Council: Bridge rehab to move forward

By Michelle Costanza

February 3, 2014 Updated Feb 4, 2014 at 7:20 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Exchange and Clinton Street bridges could soon be undergoing a long-awaited re-vamp.

Deteriorating roadways and bridges have become top priority for Mayor Rich David and Binghamton City Council.

Monday's council work meeting brought construction dates closer into focus, as design plans were discussed. Council members said the bidding process could start as soon as Friday.

"The rehab will include replacement of expansion joints, repair some of the concrete, repairing lighting on the bridge," said Binghamton City Engineer Philip Krey.

While the Exchange Street bridge is in need of major repairs, the Clinton Street bridge work is expected to serve for maintenance purposes, said Krey. "The idea is to keep up with it, so it doesn't need a major rehab down the road."

While 80 percent of the project will be paid for through federal funds, Krey said that another 15 percent will likely come from the state.

"The design will probably take about three, four months, and then we can go ahead with construction," explained Krey.

If bids for the work are sent out later this week, both bridge repairs could begin as soon as this spring, Krey said.