Binghamton Paving Could Resume In A Few Days
Paving of streets in the city of Binghamton may get underway again by the middle of next week.
The city's paver broke down while crews were operating it on Helen Street on the West Side several days ago.
Deputy public works commissioner Terry Kellogg told WNBF News the city is waiting for a $40 part to begin repairing the Cedarapids paver.
Kellogg said other parts needed to fix the front wheel section of the unit already have been received.
But the repair work can't start until the one remaining part arrives. The city hopes to receive that Friday from an Oklahoma City company. Operations of the manufacturer's parts center there were disrupted by the tornado devastation in that region.
Kellogg said the paver repair is an intricate and time-consuming job. It may take a day-and-a-half to reassemble the paver to get it back in service.
The city hopes to have the paver back in operation by late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Once paving resumes, the paving on an uncompleted section of State Street between Court and Hawley will be finished.
Kellogg said after that, the city plans to pave part of Susquehanna Street downtown and then move to the South Side to resurface a section of Felters Road.
Paving will probably go on for seven or eight consecutive days so crews can catch up on the streets that have been milled as part of the preparation process.
Kellogg expressed appreciation for the patience of residents and drivers during the paving delay.
Officials are urging motorists to use caution when traveling on milled streets because of elevated manhole covers and water valve boxes.