Binghamton, NY – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston joined Commissioner of Public Works Dan Schofield to announce the Airport Road reconstruction project will be completed this week.
“This has been a long time coming for the people of Broome County,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “When I took office in 2012, this project was slated to cost our local taxpayers $5 million. That was just too much. Thanks to the hard work of our engineering department, working with New York State, the County’s share of this project was a little over $340,000.”
The total project, which cost about $7 million, entailed reconstructing the four-lane road from near the Stella Ireland Road intersection to the Lewis Road intersection.
Crews removed the existing concrete roadway and replaced it with a full-depth asphalt section. Upgrades to guiderail, drainage and the signal at the Airport Road/East Maine Road/Lewis Road were also included.
Crews will spend Monday doing final striping on the northbound lanes and signs will be installed by Tuesday.
There may still be a few minor delays over the next couple of weeks as crews finish up minor improvements.
“We understand this was a major inconvenience for some of the people that use this road on a daily basis and we thank you for your patience,” Preston says. “This is one of the busiest roads in the County and we could not wait any longer to do this work.”
The Airport Road Reconstruction is one of many projects undertaken by Broome County to improve roads.
This year, the County paved 23.3 miles of roads, which is about 18 miles more than last year.
In total, we worked on 53.1 miles of roads, compared to 35.75 miles last year and we are committed to fixing even more roads in the future.
The County has committed over $2.77 million in our 2017 capital improvement program for road repairs and rehabilitation.
That is the highest amount it has been in recent history and possibly ever.