Pedestrians are not permitted to use a sidewalk on the east side of Boscov's department store in Binghamton because of safety issues with the building.

The Water Street sidewalk between the store's main entrance on Court Street to a secondary entrance near the city-owned parking garage was closed this week.

Orange barricades from the Binghamton Department of Public Works have been put in place in an effort to prevent people from using the sidewalk.

The Water Street sidewalk near the Boscov's store in downtown Binghamton was closed on January 22, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The action was taken after a person who works nearby noticed a possible problem with a section of concrete on the side of the building. It appeared the piece of concrete had moved and may be coming loose.

A customer pickup entrance on Water Street also has been closed.

A sign on Water Street directed Boscov's customers to use other entrances. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Although the barricades had been installed to keep pedestrians off the sidewalk, they had been moved Tuesday evening and people were observed walking next to the store.

There were no signs posted to advise pedestrians that the sidewalk was closed.

Store manager Betsy Reynolds was unable to comment on the situation and a representative at Boscov's corporate office in Reading was not available.

City Hall officials also were not immediately available to discuss the safety concerns and the decision to close the sidewalk.

A barricade near the main entrance of the Binghamton Boscov's store on January 21, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com

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