Failing concrete sections in the area of the massive Prospect Mountain improvement project in Binghamton have been removed in recent days.

Scott Cook, a New York State Department of Transportation spokesman, said there was cracking in some concrete slabs near the Route 17/Interstate 81 interchange.

DOT engineers who reviewed the problem decided the concrete sections needed to be replaced.

Cook said "it's not incredibly unusual" for the cracking conditions to develop.

Concrete repair work underway on Route 17 in Binghamton on October 20, 2021. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
Concrete repair work underway on Route 17 in Binghamton on October 20, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

There have been a series of lane closures in the work zones where problematic concrete sections were removed.

Some motorists were surprised to observe excavated areas reopened to traffic with new concrete sections in place after a short time.

Cook said in some cases, pre-formed concrete slabs were installed. In other spots, poured concrete was used. The poured material sets up in about 24 hours.

The cost of the concrete replacement work wasn't disclosed.

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