A crumbling elevated walkway in downtown Binghamton was torn down more quickly than expected.

City officials had announced a section of State Street would be closed for about three weeks for the demolition of an unused pedestrian bridge.

Workers with Gorick Construction completed the removal project early this week.

The walkway linking the east side of the MetroCenter building with a structure next to the city-owned State Street parking garage had been closed for several years because of safety concerns.

The view from inside the second floor of the MetroCenter at the closed exit that led to a walkway that has been removed. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Mayor Richard David said the part of State Street that had been closed for the demolition job was reopened Tuesday.

Another unused pedestrian bridge on the west side of the MetroCenter complex also is to be removed.

The Water Street walkway demolition project near Boscov's department store is scheduled to begin on January 6.

City officials say the cost of the two bridge demolitions will be $232,000.

A closed pedestrian bridge attached to this building at 124 State Street has been removed. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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