Scott Willis | WAER Syracuse
The New York State Department of Transportation released its list of three final options that the state will consider for the I-81 Viaduct thru Syracuse, and a tunnel is one of them.
Stephanie Miner says in a statement, “The Interstate 81 project is a complex, once-in-a-generation opportunity that requires us to make a carefully considered, data-oriented decision. This decision should not be made simply on what moves cars as quickly as possible. We should focus on ensuring our decision advances the City of Syracuse as an economically vibrant, connected, and livable City by finding ways to utilize the existing transportation network beyond the viaduct corridor, enhancing connectivity between the University Hill, Southside, and Downtown neighborhoods, and being sensitive to community impacts—particularly to those living and working around the viaduct. Any alternative should encourage pedestrian, bicycle, and mass transit travel, be financially responsible, and protect the historic buildings in whose shadow the highway stands.”
The scoping report is the second stage in the creation of the Environmental Impact Statement that is required by New York State. As the decision making continues, public input and review are highly encouraged by the city and state. Representative John Katko says, “Central New York deserves to have a full and robust community dialogue on this important project, and I’m happy to see that today’s report includes a variety of reasonable alternatives.” Read more