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Binghamton Bridge Deemed Safe, Despite “Settling”

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Motorists may have noticed some signs of movement in a precast concrete section under a recently-opened highway bridge in Binghamton.

Although it appears a portion of concrete arch superstructure above Chenango Street has slipped a few inches, a state Department of Transportation spokesman said there’s no safety problem.

The precast concrete bridge sections were installed about a year ago. The new span now carries Route 17 Eastbound traffic over Chenango Street.

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The DOT’s Dave Hamburg says engineers were “expecting some settling” with the bridge. He says the the movement of one of the sections is “not surprising” and the new bridge is safe.

People who’ve been on Chenango Street under the bridge when it’s raining say water can be seen pouring down between the precast concrete sections.

Hamburg says crews are still working on drainage issues at the site. The new bridge is expected to receive a routine inspection soon.

Meanwhile, workers will be removing an old bridge over Chenango Street that had been used by Route 17 Westbound traffic.

The bridge removal project will require the closure of Chenango Street between Sturges Street and Moffatt Avenue for a few days.

Traffic is expected to be detoured around the work zone from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

A shuttle bus service will be provided for pedestrians and bicyclists to get around the construction area.

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