A $1.9 million project to repair one of Binghamton's busiest bridges is getting underway.

An engineering team took a close look at the bridge last fall. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The work on the crumbling Clinton Street bridge - which links the city's downtown business district with the First Ward - had been delayed.

The project calls for the replacement of expansion joints and the concrete deck overlay. Sidewalks, decorative arches and lighting fixtures on the span over the Chenango River will be repaired.

Mayor Richard David said the bridge "has been in rough shape for some time."

Drivers will encounter new traffic patterns during the project. Initially, there will be one lane open in each direction. The bridge at some point will be completely closed when deck repairs are being made.

An average of about 20,000 vehicles use the span daily. The 415-foot-long bridge was constructed in 1936. It's been 25 years since major work was done on the structure.

The renovation work is being done by R. DeVincentis Construction of Binghamton. The project is to be finished in October.

A plaque on the bridge over the Chenango River, which was built more than 80 years ago. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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