Tue February 25, 2014

Syracuse patching twice as many water main breaks as normal

Crews work to repair a water main break on East Fayette Street in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Water department crews have spent a lot more time this winter digging into frozen ground, shoveling asphalt and sifting through mud to find holes in Syracuse’s plumbing as an unusually high number of water main breaks is putting a strain on city resources.

Since the beginning of the year, the city’s century-old water system has sprung more than a hundred leaks. That’s more than two a day that city works crews have had to patch and twice the number the city normally deals with.

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Wed February 19, 2014

Water mains and transportation focus of infrastructure forum

Greg Lancette of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 267 union speaks with Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) at an infrastructure forum Tuesday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Central New York's underground infrastructure - namely, water mains - was a big focus of a discussion about the region's infrastructure hosted by Rep. Dan Maffei Tuesday.

Maffei, a Democrat from Syracuse, gathered elected officials, engineers and administrators at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse to discuss infrastructure. One main message was that upgrades and maintenance of the region's plumbing and water pipes has been an often ignored or delayed investment.

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Fri June 7, 2013

Works task force takes a stab at long term planning for NY state

Summary of sector investments, NY Works Task Force

After setting up the NY State Works Task Force in May 2012, the group has released what it describes as “…a forward-looking strategic plan for generating economic growth in New York State.”

The document gives some indication of how the Task Force intends to coordinate $174 billion in spending across 47 state agencies and authorities. It’s required to mesh that spending with the activities of the 10 Regional Economic Development Councils or REDCs.

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Wed May 22, 2013

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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Tue November 27, 2012
Buffalo Skyway

NYSDOT to scope alternatives to "obsolete" Buffalo Skyway

Chris Caya

Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-27) says the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will conduct a cost-benefit analysis of alternatives to the Buffalo Skyway.

The NYSDOT says rehabilitating the 55-year-old bridge will cost more than $100 million over the next 20 years.  Higgins and others have advocated tearing down the elevated structure for years, saying the costs associated with maintaining it should be put to better use.

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