by Anthony Borrelli, Ithaca Journal, link to original post
Hoping more people will get out of their cars, and onto their bicycles, municipal officials plan to post signs to connect several local recreational trails into a nearly 50-mile network.
It would be tentatively called the “Twin Rivers Trail,” and would cover about 50 miles, from Binghamton and Otsiningo Park, along the Chenango River and both sides of the Susquehanna River into Vestal, officials said.
The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study Policy Committee recently announced signs would be approved by the end of this year, so trail visitors can be guided from one to the next.
“You need directional signs from the trails to the streets to the next trail, because people complain occasionally about a lack of direction of where to go next,” said BMTS committee director Cyndi Paddick. “The idea would be to have it be continuous.”
As part of that network, the state Department of Transportation plans to develop a trail in 2014 to connect downtown Binghamton at the South Washington Street Bridge, along Route 434, to University Plaza and the university campus in Vestal.
The DOT’s role in the project is expected to cost about $6.5 million and might not begin until 2014, according to DOT spokesman David Hamburg, who said the state is still working out its funding options. The project is still in its early phases of development, he added.
The project is expected to include an underpass for pedestrians to lead from the area of MacArthur Park to the Binghamton University Plaza. Local and state officials said the trail network is meant to be a healthier way to commute around the area.