(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Tuesday kicked off the 2020 street improvement plan and visited crews on Davis Street on Binghamton’s West Side, one of this year’s first street 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. “Despite COVID-19 shutdowns, investing in infrastructure remains a fundamental and essential function of local government and will continue. Over the last several weeks, we’ve worked hard to ensure street reconstruction projects move forward without delay. We’re creating good-paying construction jobs while paving the way for new growth and improving the integrity of our neighborhoods.”
The $7.3 million 2020 street improvement plan includes:
- Milling and paving, estimated at $5.6 million
- Preventative maintenance paving, estimated at $140,000
- Full street reconstruction, estimated at $1.6 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 $3.2 million in underground utility upgrades, including new water and sewer lines on many roads receiving paving. The City will spend $500,000 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 micropaving — a thin layer of durable 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 Davis Street, Schubert Street, Park Avenue, and Doubleday 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).
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