Joan McDonald http://wrvo.org en Final decision on I-81's future is 18 months away, DOT says http://wrvo.org/post/final-decision-i-81s-future-18-months-away-dot-says <p></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 04:37:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50656 at http://wrvo.org Final decision on I-81's future is 18 months away, DOT says Transportation planners move forward with next step for I-81 http://wrvo.org/post/transportation-planners-move-forward-next-step-i-81 <p></p><p>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.</p><p>The 1.4 mile stretch of elevated highway through downtown, known as the viaduct, is reaching the end of its useable lifespan.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:06:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 42183 at http://wrvo.org Transportation planners move forward with next step for I-81 New York Works program to fix roads and create jobs http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-works-program-fix-roads-and-create-jobs <p>The budget for fixing New York State roads and bridges has almost doubled this year, thanks to the transportation portion of the New York Works program. &nbsp;The $1.2 billion program will repair roads and bridges, but it is also intended to function as a jobs and economic development engine.</p><p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 18:29:26 +0000 Ellen Abbott 20587 at http://wrvo.org