I-81

6:30am

Fri August 2, 2013
Transportation

Group forms to oppose tear down of I-81 through Syracuse

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

Brushing off concerns it may be too little, too late; a new group of business owners and lawmakers has formed to oppose the seemingly narrowed options for the future of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse.

Save 81 launched Thursday to call for more options for what to do about the aging 1.4 mile stretch of I-81 through the city. While the group is opposed to the "urban boulevard" idea pushed for by many city residents, it said it has no "preordained design" as an alternative.

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9:28am

Wed July 10, 2013
Transportation

D.O.T. delays next step of I-81 challenge

The 1.4 mile stretch of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse is nearing the end of its usable lifespan.
Zack Seward WXXI

The next stage of the planning process regarding the future of the elevated portion of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse has been pushed back a few weeks, as heat grows on state officials over the process.

The state transportation department has been criticized recently for seemingly narrowing the options for the future of the 1.4 mile elevated viaduct from the original five down to two deemed most feasible: either re-route or rebuild.

The Department of Transportation has countered that all options are still on the table.

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11:52am

Wed June 12, 2013
Transportation

Syracuse lawmakers and citizens take up the I-81 debate

Arleen Fordock told the Syracuse Common Council I-81 should be rebuilt through downtown, but wider.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Just a handful of Syracuse residents turned up to the Common Council's first public hearing on the lengthy and divisive debate over the future of Interstate 81 that runs through the city's core.

Previous public forums hosted by transportation planners brought out hundreds of people and generated an equal number of comments and different opinions.

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2:36pm

Thu May 30, 2013
Transportation

Maffei wants more creative options for I-81's future in Syracuse

Rep. Dan Maffei, D-DeWitt, is calling for more creative options for I-81 future through downtown Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse-area Rep. Dan Maffei has weighed in on the future of Interstate 81 through the city’s downtown. The Democrat, from suburban DeWitt, is calling for more creative options than the ones currently on the table.

Transportation planners last week unveiled the two options (whittled down from five) they’ve deemed most feasible for the aging Interstate 81: rebuilding the elevated highway, or rerouting it and putting an urban boulevard in its place.

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7:44am

Wed May 22, 2013
Transportation

Options narrow, opinions widen on I-81's future through Syracuse

Interstate 81 is elevated for 1.4 miles through downtown Syracuse.
Zack Seward WXXI

Transportation planners have narrowed the future of Interstate 81’s path through downtown Syracuse down to two likely options: rebuild, or re-route. 

They hosted another in a series of public forums Tuesday, known as The I-81 Challenge, to display the ideas. But a final decision is still years away.

The 1.4 mile elevated portion of 81 through the heart of the city, known as the viaduct, is nearing the end its lifespan. It's in need of near constant repair.

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