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A project to paint and repair a flood-damaged Binghamton bridge has started.

Mayor Richard David said the South Washington Street Pedestrian Bridge will be repainted and approaches to the span will be repaved.

The 129-year-old bridge over the Susquehanna River links the downtown district with the city's South Side.

The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 1969. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to use the span while the construction work is underway, although bikes are to be walked across the bridge.

Bridge railings and joints will be repaired as part of the $2.1 million project. 80 percent of the cost will be covered by federal funding. The city will pick up the remainder of the tab.

The bridge was damaged by debris in the September 2011 flood as water breached its surface.

The work on the bridge is being done by Buffalo-based Amstar of Western New York. David said he hopes the job can be completed during the current construction season, although it is possible some work may need to be done next year.

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