BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Construction crews have been working hard on the Prospect Mountain Project. And it's starting to show. Phase one is about 43 percent complete.
"This season, basically a lot of the work we started at the beginning is getting to a point where it's starting to look like something and starting to be complete," said DOT Region 9 Director Jack Williams.
There's lots of work being done on the bridges over the Chenango River.
"Our goal is to get traffic on those new bridges by the end of this construction season so that we can, either in winter or early spring, start making more room to build more structures by removing the existing structures," said Williams.
Work is also being done in the area of Front Street and Prospect Street. Front Street will close for 30 days later in the construction season.
Williams said, "We are going to accelerate that work. We are going to include incentives to get it done quickly and disincentives if we don't get it done quickly. Basically it's constructing retaining walls and reconstructing the concrete pavement in the area."
But that's not all. DOT officials have nearly completed half of the bridge over Chenango Street this season and will be moving traffic over to the newly constructed section in the coming weeks.
Crews are also drilling into Prospect Mountain to restrain the slope. That will help them construct the Prospect Interchange which will open next year.
Williams said, "So a lot of interesting work going on at the same time. We hope to have a number of months left to be able to complete what we need to."
Phase one of the project is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2015.