Drivers in Binghamton should be prepared for significant changes in traffic patterns on a busy downtown street.

Mayor Richard David said Water Street will become one-way for northbound traffic between Court and Henry streets starting on Friday.

The move is being done ahead of the planned demolition of the city-owned parking ramp next to Boscov's department store.

Vehicles will be able to get to the garage from Court Street only. It won't be accessible from Henry Street.

A center median was being removed from Water Street on November 8, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A center median was being removed from Water Street on November 8, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Construction workers now are removing medians on Water Street. The changes will provide remove from more on-street parking. Those spaces will be free with a two-hour time limit.

The existing 600-space Water Street garage is scheduled to be demolished after the holiday shopping season.

A 549-space parking facility is to be erected in its place. A second phase of the project calls for the construction of a 122-unit apartment complex above the new garage.

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