Follow the signs to Interstate 86

By Kelly McCarthy

September 4, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 12:30 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) What's now known as state Route 17 is one step closer to becoming the new Interstate 86.

One of the steps along the way is to change the Route 17 signs to read I-86.

That will happen following a vote that took place Wednesday -- it just won't happen any time soon.

"We passed a resolution asking for designation from Route 17 at the Route 26 intersection to the Pennsylvania border," said Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Director Cyndi Paddick.

But considering all of the ongoing construction projects along that stretch of Route 17, it will be years before the new I-86 signs are installed.

"Once all the updates are completed for the project," Paddick said, "Construction is complete, and they've met interstate standards, then the I-86 designation will occur and the signs will go up on the highway."

Members of the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study also approved funding for parts of Route 96 in Owego through their transportation improvement program.

The New York Department of Transportation will work to improve some of the flooding and safety issues at the bridge intersection.