CORNING - Despite weeks of delays due to heavy rain, upgrades to more than 20 uneven and bumpy city streets is expected be completed in early September.
Larry Wagner, city superintendent of public works, said around $1.2 million in Corning city street upgrades will be completed this summer.
Bothar Construction crews, of Binghamton, finished work on sections of East First and Columbia Street Thursday, and work is expected to be completed on portions of East Fourth Street and Watauga Avenue today.
Work will be completed early next week on sections of Buffalo and Stimson streets sometime next week.
“This year’s street paving program has gone well,” said City Manager Mark Ryckman. “The additional funding the City Council has been allocating to paving each year is making a significant difference.”
Wagner said the road work on city street began in early July and the work completed on ailing city streets has made a significant impact, and this summer road work has continue to do the same.
In 2012, the city adopted a $31 million, 14-year street maintenance plan that would increase taxes 2 percent annually, or about $100,000, to upgrade streets.
Ryckman said in 2015, the city changed how it approaches road work, focusing on milling and overlay work instead of the more expensive full reconstruction, allowing more streets to be upgraded each year.
Wagner called the additional funding critical to getting caught up with the needed road improvements.
City crews also completed work to upgrade several city alleys in need of repair.
“It’s been a good season,” Ryckman said. “A lot of road work was completed and we hope to do the same next summer.”