Structural experts have been taking a close look at Binghamton's deteriorating Clinton Street Bridge.

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The bridge over the Chenango River links the First Ward with the downtown business district. The span, which is used by thousands of vehicles every day, needs major repairs.

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Minor paving work was performed this year to address problems with the bridge's expansion joints.

City officials initially had expected needed rehabilitation work could have been accomplished by this time. The $1.8 million project now is scheduled to be done next year.

Repair work could start in the spring. The city is to pay five percent of the project cost with the rest of the funding coming from the state and federal governments.

The bridge was constructed in 1936. Major rehabilitation on the span was performed in 1971. More significant repair work was done in 1992.

Employees of McClain and Company have been inspecting the historic bridge in recent days. They've been scrutinizing the structural issues that will need to be fixed during next year's project.

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