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City announces 2012 street rehabilitation program
It's National Public Works Week and to commemorate the occasion, the City of Binghamton announced the details of its 2012 Street Rehabilitation Program. Our Melissa Kakareka tells us what kinds of projects the program entails.
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Construction season is underway and the City of Binghamton is looking to make some improvements to its streets. Officials announced the details of the city's 2012 Street Rehabilitation Program Thursday.
"Through the combined multiple public works departments, we have analyzed the condition of our streets and our utilities and have selected certain streets for our mill and pave program that will result for a new driving surface for our residents and guests alike," said DPW Deputy Commissioner Terry Kellogg.
This year, officials will conduct nearly 50 projects over almost eight miles of roadway. Those projects include pavement profiling on 38 streets across the city, in addition to sewer separation projects and repairs to curbs and sidewalks. The city will also be undertaking as many flood recovery projects as possible when they are working in specific areas.
"Investing in our infrastructure is investing in our future and that's exactly what we need to do on all levels," said Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan.
Officials plan to coordinate projects so that work is carried out in one area at a time, helping to improve the quality of the city's streets in a cost-effective way.
"The challenging part is we have so many infrastructure needs in the city, but we do the best we can the stretch the dollar and get as much work done as we can," said City Engineer Philip Krey.
The Department of Public Works says it has saved the city more than $300,000 over the past few years by doing things such as conducting projects in-house. That approach will help the city complete more projects this year for the same amount of money.
For a full list of streets and projects, visit www.cityofbinghamton.com.