I-81

1:06pm

Fri January 3, 2014
Transportation

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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2:12pm

Mon November 11, 2013
Transportation

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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8:23am

Thu September 26, 2013
Infrastructure

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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4:23pm

Tue September 17, 2013
Transportation

Think bigger on I-81's future: Rob Simpson of Centerstate CEO

Interstate 81 carries tens of thousands of cars through downtown Syracuse every day, but its infrastructure is aging.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Rob Simpson, head of the economic booster organization CenterState CEO, has called on state transportation planners and central New Yorkers to think bigger when it comes to making the decision on future of the elevated portion of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse.

The 1.4 miles of elevated highway is beginning to crumble. Transportation planners are in the midst of a lengthy process to decide the final form of a redesigned I-81. Most debate has centered around rebuilding the viaduct through downtown or re-routing it around the city.

The debate polarized the community and lawmakers over the summer.

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9:09am

Wed August 7, 2013
Transportation

Transportation planners move forward with next step for I-81

Interstate 81 carries tens of thousands of cars through downtown Syracuse every day, but its infrastructure is aging.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

After a few weeks delay, transportation planners in central New York are moving forward with the next step in the lengthy process of deciding Interstate 81's fate in downtown Syracuse.

The mile-and-a-half stretch of elevated highway through downtown, known as the viaduct, is reaching the end of its useable lifespan.

On Monday, the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council approved a $32 million study as part of the next phase of the project. This coming after a lengthy public engagement process and studies by SMTC itself.

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