Lately I have been spending some time looking through some old newspaper clippings and learning about the airport history. It’s fascinating to read about the things that were happening back in the 50’s in our community and here at Greater Binghamton Airport, or better known as Broome County Airport back then.
I plan on posting some of the clippings here on our blog and sharing bits and pieces of long forgotten history.
This is a piece of history I also posted on our Facebook page today.
Apparently Airport Rd was the first road in Broome County to have traffic lines painted on it. At the time Broome County had 309 miles of roads. Back in 1954 it was standard practice to only put painted line on road that were 22 feet or wider.
Airport Road, which was completed in 1952, was just 22 feet wide. The increasing night-time traffic is what sparked the need for the center lines to be painted.
Take a look at the old painting machine that they used. Now imagine operating that up Airport Rd for 8 miles or better yet the guy who walked in front of the truck the whole way.
Click on the picture to see it on our facebook page.