Arts District streetscape improvements begin in downtown Binghamton

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Published: Apr. 25, 2022 at 12:46 PM EDT
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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The start of the Downtown Arts District streetscape improvements began Monday morning on the corner of State and Lewis streets in Binghamton.

Phase one of the project will focus on upgrading the block of State Street between Henry and Lewis streets and is expected to be completed in the fall.

State Street between Henry and Lewis will be closed to traffic during constructing, opening to a single lane after hours and on weekends.

The new Downtown Entertainment and Cultural Organizations (DECO) District will feature new lighting, wider sidewalks, safer pedestrian crossings, new benches, bike parking stations and landscaping. There will also be unique public art elements of custom paintings at crosswalks.

“The effort here is to make it much more walkable for someone visiting downtown Binghamton, heading to a show, checking out one of our galleries on First Friday or going to dinner,” said Binghamton Mayor Kraham.

Vacri Construction is completing the contracting for $3.9 million. Kraham said a majority of the money goes toward properly fixing the water and sewage improvements below the pavement.

Barton & Loguidice is leading the engineering with Whitman Planning Design Landscape Architecture.

This multi-year plan includes future construction to the rest of Henry Street, as well as Washington and Water streets.

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