Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Big federal and state budget cuts aren't stopping the city of Binghamton from making some major improvements.
City officials feel the first impression visitors have of Binghamton isn't good enough.
The plan is to repave nearly a mile between the intersection of Front Street, Main Street and Prospect Street, add new curbs, sidewalks, and street amenities like trees.
By fixing the aging sidewalk and adding lights, officials hope the area would also become safer for both pedestrians and traffic.
"Right now you drive on it and you can see some areas don't have any curbs or sidewalks. The pavement area's very wide. It isn't a nicely defined highway section," said City Engineer Philip Krey.
The $4.5 million project was originally supposed to cost $10 million, but due to federal and state budget cuts the city will try to make due with about half of that amount.
About 95 percent of the project will be funded by federal and state agencies, and the city will only have to come up with about 5 percent.
The Project is expected to begin in 2014.
You can view complete details of the project here