The pedestrian and bicyclist pathway along Route 434 in Binghamton and Vestal should be ready for use this summer, more than a decade after planning for the project began.

Workers are putting the finishing touches on the $25 million paved trail between Pennsylvania Avenue in the city and Murray Hill Road at the Binghamton University campus in Vestal.

A section of the future Greenway on the south side of the Vestal Parkway near Plaza Drive on June 2, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A section of the future Greenway on the south side of the Vestal Parkway near Plaza Drive on June 2, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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A specific completion date has not been announced by the state Department of Transportation but the opening may occur around the time students return for the start of fall semester classes.

Long traffic delays on the Vestal Parkway had been a daily occurrence when work on the project resumed about two months ago. Backups are happening less frequently now that new signals have been installed at key intersections near the Binghamton city line.

Signs warn people against using Greenway sections before the project has been completed. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Signs warn people against using Greenway sections before the project has been completed. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Work remains to be done on pedestrian signals at crosswalks along the Greenway route. Guide rails are being installed along portions of the path that are not elevated.

Not everyone has been a fan of the project. Some residents of Binghamton's South Side spoke out against it during the planning process.

FLASHBACK: A sign protesting the 434 Greenway project in front of a Vestal Avenue residence on November 30, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
FLASHBACK: A sign protesting the 434 Greenway project in front of a Vestal Avenue residence on November 30, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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