Hiner Road reopens

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A road decimated by August’s flash flooding has officially re-opened.  

After being closed since August 14th, Hiner Road which runs through Binghamton into Kirkwood has opened back up.

Town of Kirkwood Commissioner of Public Works John Finch says that the flooding wiped away 80% of the road, leading to a 15 foot drop in some spots. 

Thanks to the roadway’s designation as a federal highway, repairs were 100% funded through the federal highway administration.

Finch says this was without a doubt the worst condition he had seen a road in during his time with Public Works. “We really wanted to try and get it done before winter. We actually didn’t think it would be done considering the amount of damage that was done to the road. The fact that it was done before winter does help tremendously as far getting the man power up here to help keep these roads clean in the winter time.”

Finch says they’ve added more guardrails to spots where trees were wiped away to help keep cars out of the creek. 

They are also looking into expanding pipes and adding trash racks to avoid garbage from plugging up the pipes which led to the damage in August. 
 

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