Major progress has been made on a project aimed at improving Broome County roadways that see thousands of vehicles each day. YNN's Alexa Green gives us an update on what the crews have been working on for over two years in the Prospect Mountain area.
BINGHAMTON N.Y. -- A major turning point in a project that aims to improve and make Southern Tier roadways safer.
"We’re pleased to announce we’re over 50 percent and we’re on budget with this project and you know, we’ve got a few short months left of this decent weather, but we’re working long and hard to be able to progress," said DOT Region 9 Director Jack Williams.
Steel beams were installed this week on the 17 Eastbound Bridge. Those beams connected both sides of the Chenango River.
"The piers are in, the steel is all now set. Looking behind us, you can see the roadway and the river that’s being done. What we’re doing is working across the bridge beams, pouring our concrete deck, and working from the West to the East," Williams said.
Williams says once the new bridge is complete, it will be open and the old one will be demolished. He expects to move drivers over to the new one sometime in November.
Starting next week, crews will also be working on Chenango Street, forcing drivers to use alternate routes.
"Starting Tuesday, you’ll see a lot of work on the southern side of the Chenango Street structure. We’ll be paving, we’ll be getting traffic aligned with the newly constructed bridge so that we can work in the median area and continue on that structure," William said.
For more information, you can visit the Prospect Mountain Construction Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/Prospect.Mountain.Project.