Construction is coming to Arch Street bridge

By Jillian Marshall

February 28, 2014 Updated Feb 28, 2014 at 1:20 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Construction is on its way to a highly traveled bridge in Johnson City.

The village, New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration hosted Thursday a public information meeting on the rehabilitation for the Arch Street bridge.

Engineers for the project said the bridge is safe for travel, but is in need of cosmetic and maintenance repairs.

"It will improve safety on the bridge, it will extend its life. The last several years we've had to do several minor maintenance projects to the bridge, and it's getting to the point now we would be doing them continuously. This will extend the life for an estimated 20 more years," said Director of Public Services for the village of Johnson City Bob Bennett.

The construction is slated to start in April 2015 and last approximately nine months.

During that time, all northbound traffic will be detoured less than two miles through the village.

Southbound traffic will be maintained during construction. Bennett said workers will work on one lane while vehicles travel on the other.

Eighty percent of this $2.82 million project will be paid for by the federal government, 15 percent by NYSDOT, and 5 percent by the village. Bennett said the 5 percent will be budgeted in next year's proposal.