Fri February 14, 2014

Three upstate N.Y. highways make 'futureless freeways' list

Rochester's Inner Loop, a depressed freeway encircling downtown.
Friscocali via Flickr

Three big roadways in upstate New York cities have made a top 10 list freeways that should be torn down or filled in.

The Congress for New Urbanism says Syracuse’s Interstate 81, Rochester’s Inner Loop and Buffalo’s Skyway bridge are all roadways that do damage to the community and should be replaced.

They’re also on the "Freeways Without a Future" list because there’s growing momentum to remove them.

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Fri January 31, 2014

Final decision on I-81's future is 18 months away, DOT says

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 9:33 am

Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York’s transportation commissioner says a final decision about the future of the elevated stretch of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse will be made in a year and a half.

DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald discussed the future of the aging raised highway at a budget hearing today in Albany. "It's not an easy project," she said.

McDonald says her department will be out in March with more information on what impact to other roadways changes to I-81 could create, then it's on to the next step.

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Fri January 3, 2014

Another voice in the I-81 debate: move people, not cars

Peter Sarver of the Moving People Transportation Coalition at their kickoff event.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Another group has formed to weigh in on the future of Interstate 81’s path through downtown Syracuse. This one calling for a focus on moving people, not cars.

The elevated stretch of I-81 through downtown Syracuse is nearing the end of its 50 year lifespan. Area residents are entwined in a lengthy debate over its second life, which largely boils down to rebuild or reroute.

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Mon November 11, 2013

Save I-81 group out will poll showing opposition to tear down

Zack Seward WXXI

Opponents of plans to demolish a stretch of Interstate 81 that runs through downtown Syracuse are out with a poll. The group of suburban lawmakers and business owners say the survey shows a majority of area residents want the highway to stay right where it is.

Save 81 formed this summer to lobby against what then seemed like momentum towards replacing the aging elevated stretch of I-81 through downtown Syracuse with a six-lane boulevard and rerouting the interstate. They say it will hurt businesses inside and outside of the city that rely on I-81 to bring customers to them. Others argue the elevated highway chokes off downtown and hampers development.

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Thu September 26, 2013

I-81 debate is personal for those who live in highway's shadow

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 7:40 am

Ryan Delaney WRVO

A decision on one of Syracuse's largest development projects of the century is still years away, but already opinions are becoming entrenched as others plea for more talking and new ideas.

A 1.4 mile elevated stretch of Interstate 81 running right through downtown Syracuse, known as the viaduct, will soon need to be replaced and state and federal transportation officials are in the midst of a lengthy decision process to decide how the next incarnation of the roadway will look and work. A decision is penciled in for 2017.

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