DOT: Fishing In Binghamton Work Zone Illegal
Cars can often be seen parked under the new bridges at the 17/81 interchange in Binghamton. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]
An easy-to-access area under a Binghamton highway interchange has become a new hot spot for fishing. It may be popular but it's also illegal.
"No Trespassing" signs near the river access from Front Street are gone. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]
In recent days, word has spread about the man-made staging areas built in the Chenango River for the Prospect Mountain construction project under the recently-completed bridges.
Two enthusiasts said the fishing under the highway bridges was "great." [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]
People who were fishing at the site this week told a reporter they like it because it's convenient. They said they've been able to catch many types of fish from what's now a quiet spot below the cars and trucks racing through the interchange.
Despite the site's popularity, the New York State Department of Transportation advises it is dangerous and illegal. Although there is no active construction underway in the immediate area, it remains part of the work zone.
A DOT spokesman said "No Trespassing" signs which had been posted along Front Street were removed without permission or authorization. New signs are to be installed soon.
The spokesman noted there are safe and legal alternatives to reach the river. People may access the river from Cheri Lindsey Park off Chenango Street. River access also is possible at the corner of Front and Bevier streets across from the Otsiningo Park entrance.
People are advised to stay away from the highway bridges because rocks or other debris could be stirred up by vehicles.
This car was parked under a bridge at the Binghamton highway interchange while a couple fished nearby. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]For breaking news and updates on developing stories, follow@BinghamtonNow on Twitter.