central new york

1:07pm

Mon September 1, 2014
Transportation

Another round of public comments on I-81 concluding

Ryan Delaney WRVO

Another study, another round of public comments. It may seem like the decision-making process on the future of the elevated Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse will never end. 

An end is in sight, even if it’s still far off. Transportation officials say they hope to make a decision on whether to rebuild the viaduct, divert it around the city or tunnel it underground, in 18 months to two years.

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9:17am

Wed August 27, 2014
Business

Lawmakers, preservationists call for historic building renovation credit to be saved

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 6:17 pm

The main lobby of the Hotel Syracuse.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Preservationists and Syracuse-area economic development specialists are uniting to try and save a federal tax credit that’s helped renovation of historic buildings.

They made the push  from one of the grandest rooms in an historic building that turned 90 years old this month, the Hotel Syracuse.

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10:48am

Wed August 20, 2014
drones

Air Guard moves closer to launching drones from Syracuse

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 10:51 am

Air National Guard members prepare an MQ-9 Reaper drone for a taxi demonstation at Hancock Airfield in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A remotely-piloted military aircraft taxied around Hancock Airfield for the first time Tuesday.

Officers of the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard are calling it a small step toward a goal they’ve had for five years: launching their MQ-9 Reaper drones from Syracuse.

"A milestone," albeit not a dramatic one, is what Col. Greg Semmel, the 174th's commander, said of the event. 

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10:57am

Wed August 6, 2014
Transportation

First glance at the buildings in the path of a new I-81

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 6:55 am

Rethink 81

Rebuilding Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse will mean impact to properties along it. Now a group opposed to that has outlined what impact a new, wider elevated highway could have on the cityscape.

The state transportation department says as many as 40 buildings in Syracuse could have to come down to make way for a wider highway cutting through downtown, since a new viaduct would have to be up to 30 feet wider to meet regulations for modern roadways.

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12:07pm

Mon July 7, 2014
Transportation

Red to green: Syracuse working to upgrade traffic signal system

Traffic moves through downtown Syracuse at the intersection of Warren and East Washington Streets.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

It’s what every commuter hates when trying to get to work in the morning: red lights. They slow drive times down and waste gas, but the city of Syracuse is working to upgrade its traffic light system, so drivers see more green.

"By coordinating the traffic lights, what happens is, we can tell the traffic light not only how long to be green in a certain direction, but when to go green," explains Harry Carlson of the city's public works department.

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