A major entryway into downtown Binghamton is being transformed to not only improve its looks but make it safer.
Construction of the $2.2 million State Street Gateway Project began today.
It focuses on the stretch of State from the bridge to the intersection with Hawley Street.
The section of road will be milled and paved and will receive new curbs and striping.
One key objective is to slow down traffic coming from the Vestal Parkway and allow pedestrians to cross the street more easily.
The project will add a new crosswalk from the fire department section of City Hall over to the Floyd Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.
There will be a street light there where walkers can activate a red to stop traffic and cross.
“It’s not just about the milling and the paving, the lighting and the landscaping. It’s about slowing down traffic and making this roadway safer for pedestrians, for motorists for individuals on motorcycles.”
Traffic through the section will also be reduced from 2 lanes to 1 in each direction.
Plus, the 2 triangular pedestrian islands known as slips will be removed so that right turns will no longer be able to just yield, but will need to come to a complete stop in a right turn only lane.
$1 million for the project is coming from state and federal sources while the city is covering the remaining $1.2 million.
The work is expected to be completed by the end of August.