The city of Binghamton plans to spend nearly a quarter of a million dollars to demolish two unused pedestrian bridges.

The downtown walkways over State and Water streets were closed several years ago because of safety concerns.

Mayor Richard David said the State Street span that once connected a city-owned parking ramp with the Metrocenter will be removed first.

This walkway over State Street was taken out of service because of safety issues. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

State Street between Court Street and the garage entrance will be closed to traffic starting Thursday so equipment can be put in place. The street closure is expected to last for about three weeks.

Major demolition work is scheduled to begin Friday.

A rusting portion of the walkway from the State Street garage was removed in February 2017. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The walkway between the Water Street parking ramp and the Metrocenter is to be torn down next month.

Gorick Construction has been hired to remove the walkways, which have been in place for decades. The work is expected to cost $232,000.

A crumbling pedestrian walkway over State Street near City Hall was demolished two years ago.

Engineers inspecting the State Street pedestrian walkway in 2017. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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