(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Wednesday kicked off the 2018 street improvement plan and visited crews reconstructing Lincoln Avenue on Binghamton’s West Side, one of this year’s first infrastructure projects.
“Binghamton will continue to be an infrastructure leader in the Southern Tier, upgrading neighborhood streets, bridges, gateways and much more,” said Mayor David. “Investing in infrastructure is a fundamental function of local government. We’re paving the way for new growth and development and improving the integrity of our community.”
The $4.8 million 2018 street improvement plan includes:
· Milling and paving, estimated at $3.15 million
· Preventative maintenance paving, estimated at $175,000
· Full street reconstruction, estimated at $1.5 million
The work is being paid for by a combination of Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) grant funding, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and local capital bond.
Included in the street improvement plan are $1.3 million in underground utility upgrades, including new water and sewer lines on many roads receiving paving. The City will spend $600,000 to upgrade sidewalks and curbs to be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for accessible design.
“Focusing on Complete Streets principles and ADA-compliant infrastructure ensures all residents have safe access regardless of age or ability,” said Mayor David. “Livable, walkable urban environments make for strong communities. These are investments worth making.”
The City will advance pavement rehabilitation strategies, including overlays — a thin layer of asphalt over the road to seal its surface — to prolong the life of streets in good condition and avoid costly reconstruction projects.
In addition to Lincoln Avenue, Ely Park Boulevard, Laurel Avenue, North Street and Pine Street are among the dozens of streets to be paved or reconstructed this season.
The milling and paving program encompasses all parts of the City. To maximize resources and minimize costs, the City is planning to concentrate work in one section of the City at a time (i.e. North Side, East Side, South Side, West Side, First Ward, Downtown).
In addition to the 2018 street improvement plan, work continues on the $6 million Front Street Gateway project, which includes full street reconstruction, new curbs, sidewalks, period lighting and water and sewer upgrades on Front Street between Prospect Street and Winding Way.
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