i-81 http://wrvo.org en SU: campus will be "dramatically" impacted by I-81 construction http://wrvo.org/post/su-campus-will-be-dramatically-impacted-i-81-construction <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Syracuse University campus would be greatly impacted by the reconstruction of Interstate 81 through the city, a university working group has determined.</span></p><p>When visitors to the Syracuse University campus exit the Interstate 81 viaduct, they’re currently faced with an “unattractive city fabric,” the study concludes.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:14:25 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58669 at http://wrvo.org SU: campus will be "dramatically" impacted by I-81 construction Tighter curves could minimize impact of new I-81 viaduct http://wrvo.org/post/tighter-curves-could-minimize-impact-new-i-81-viaduct <p>Tighter curves built into a new Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse could mean fewer buildings along the highway’s path would need to be torn down.</p><p>Rebuilding the mile and a half of elevated interstate through the city is one of two options transportation planners are recommending for how to replace the current, aging viaduct.</p><p>But a new viaduct would have to be significantly wider than the current one in order to be up to highway standards. It could also be up to ten feet higher.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:39:18 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58012 at http://wrvo.org Tighter curves could minimize impact of new I-81 viaduct Tunnel, depressed highway are out in plans for new I-81 http://wrvo.org/post/tunnel-depressed-highway-are-out-plans-new-i-81 <p>Syracuse looks less likely to go through its own <a href="http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/TheBigDig.aspx" target="_blank">Big Dig</a>, as state highway transportation officials recommend a tunnel or depressed highway are not the best options for a rebuilt Interstate 81 through Syracuse.</p><p>Transportation officials have been considering <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/16-different-paths-new-interstate-81" target="_blank">several variations of four core options</a> for a new I-81: a rebuilt viaduct, a street-level boulevard, a tunnel, or sunken roadway.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:39:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57772 at http://wrvo.org Tunnel, depressed highway are out in plans for new I-81 The 16 different paths for a new Interstate 81 http://wrvo.org/post/16-different-paths-new-interstate-81 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new Interstate 81 could rise 25 feet higher than it currently does, or be buried 81 feet below the ground's surface. Those are just two of the 16 options the state Department of Transportation has revealed to the public as an update to their lengthy process of choosing how to replace the current roadway.</span></p><p>There are two constants in the 16 options: The north-south I-81 will be properly connected with the east-west I-690 in all directions. And properties will have to be knocked down, though DOT provided few details about that.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 11:20:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55166 at http://wrvo.org The 16 different paths for a new Interstate 81 Where an Interstate 81 tunnel through Syracuse could go http://wrvo.org/post/where-interstate-81-tunnel-through-syracuse-could-go <p></p><p>A tunnel to replace Interstate 81's current elevated path through downtown Syracuse could take four possible routes through the city.</p><p>The New York Department of Transportation revealed tunnel options ahead of a meeting to explain all 16 possible variations of a new Interstate 81 in Syracuse.&nbsp;</p><p>Interstate 81 runs from the Canadian border in the north to the Pennsylvania border in the south. The 50-year-old highway carries thousands of cars each day through Syracuse.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:31:26 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55087 at http://wrvo.org Where an Interstate 81 tunnel through Syracuse could go 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 Another voice in the I-81 debate: move people, not cars http://wrvo.org/post/another-voice-i-81-debate-move-people-not-cars <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 14:20:45 +0000 Ryan Delaney 49421 at http://wrvo.org Another voice in the I-81 debate: move people, not cars Scoping sessions highlight I-81's possible future http://wrvo.org/post/scoping-sessions-highlight-i-81s-possible-future <p></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:14:40 +0000 Ellen Abbott 47145 at http://wrvo.org Scoping sessions highlight I-81's possible future Save I-81 group out with poll showing opposition to tear down http://wrvo.org/post/save-i-81-group-out-poll-showing-opposition-tear-down <p></p><p>A group of suburban politicians and business owners that support keeping Interstate 81 running through the city of Syracuse are out with a poll they say shows most residents agree with them.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:52:51 +0000 Ryan Delaney 46973 at http://wrvo.org Save I-81 group out with poll showing opposition to tear down I-81 debate is personal for those who live in highway's shadow http://wrvo.org/post/i-81-debate-personal-those-who-live-highways-shadow <p></p><p>A decision on one of Syracuse&#39;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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 23:18:07 +0000 Ryan Delaney 44724 at http://wrvo.org I-81 debate is personal for those who live in highway's shadow New series of public meetings being held to decide I-81's future http://wrvo.org/post/new-series-public-meetings-being-held-decide-i-81s-future <p></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:27:49 +0000 Ellen Abbott 44681 at http://wrvo.org New series of public meetings being held to decide I-81's future Rob Simpson of CenterState CEO: Think bigger on future of I-81 http://wrvo.org/post/rob-simpson-centerstate-ceo-think-bigger-future-i-81 <p></p><p>Rob Simpson, head of the economic booster organization<a href="http://www.centerstateceo.com/" target="_blank"> CenterState CEO</a>, has called on state transportation planners and central New Yorkers to think bigger when it comes to making the decision about the future of the elevated portion of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse.</p><p>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.</p><p>The debate polarized the community and lawmakers over the summer. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:39:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 44299 at http://wrvo.org Rob Simpson of CenterState CEO: Think bigger on future of I-81 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 Group forms to oppose tear down of I-81 through Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/group-forms-oppose-tear-down-i-81-through-syracuse <p></p><p>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 next incarnation of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse.</p><p><a href="http://save81.org" target="_blank">Save 81</a> 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 "pre-ordained design" as an alternative.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:09:21 +0000 Ryan Delaney 41986 at http://wrvo.org Group forms to oppose tear down of I-81 through Syracuse D.O.T. delays next step of I-81 challenge http://wrvo.org/post/dot-delays-next-step-i-81-challenge <p>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.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:13:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney 40828 at http://wrvo.org D.O.T. delays next step of I-81 challenge Syracuse lawmakers take up the I-81 debate http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-lawmakers-take-i-81-debate <p>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 through the city's core.</p><p>Previous public forums hosted by transportation planners <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/sticky-notes-and-surveys-pave-way-i-81s-future-syracuse" target="_blank">brought out hundreds of people</a> and generated an equal number of comments and different opinions.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:40:59 +0000 Ryan Delaney 39341 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse lawmakers take up the I-81 debate Maffei wants more creative options for I-81's future in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-wants-more-creative-options-i-81s-future-syracuse <p>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.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 09:54:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 38708 at http://wrvo.org Maffei wants more creative options for I-81's future in Syracuse Options narrow, opinions widen on I-81's future through Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/options-narrow-opinions-widen-i-81s-future-through-syracuse <p>Transportation planners have narrowed the future of Interstate 81’s path through downtown Syracuse down to two likely options: rebuild, or re-route. Wed, 22 May 2013 11:42:52 +0000 Ryan Delaney 38238 at http://wrvo.org Options narrow, opinions widen on I-81's future through Syracuse Fort Drum connector road to I-81 opens http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drum-connector-road-i-81-opens <p>The highway project that creates a direct connection between Interstate 81 and Fort Drum's main gate opened Thursday.</p><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 07:58:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 29659 at http://wrvo.org A City Faces Its 'Berlin Wall': An Interstate Highway http://wrvo.org/post/city-faces-its-berlin-wall-interstate-highway Interstate 81 runs through the heart of Syracuse, N.Y., where a 1.4-mile-long elevated stretch of the highway is known locally as "the viaduct." Like many road projects built in the middle of the last century, I-81 is bumping up against the end of its life span. While officials say it's still safe to drive on, the highway is crumbling in parts.<p>Now, the region is starting to think about what Syracuse might look like without the viaduct, which both speeds traffic through the city and divides the community along economic and racial lines. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:15:44 +0000 Zack Seward, WXXI 23086 at http://wrvo.org A City Faces Its 'Berlin Wall': An Interstate Highway Sticky notes and surveys pave the way for I-81's future in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/sticky-notes-and-surveys-pave-way-i-81s-future-syracuse <p>The dozens of sticky notes mean the jury is still out.</p><p>The tabs of paper were posted next to five options Wednesday afternoon. Each represents a different future for the stretch of Interstate 81 that runs through downtown Syracuse.</p><p>Transportation planners from <a href="http://thei81challenge.org/" target="_blank">the I-81 Challenge</a> began a second round of community meetings Wednesday. The public input they gather will help decide the aging highway&#39;s fate. Thu, 10 May 2012 13:25:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 19025 at http://wrvo.org Sticky notes and surveys pave the way for I-81's future in Syracuse Officials inch closer to decision day with I-81 public hearing http://wrvo.org/post/officials-inch-closer-decision-day-i-81-public-hearing <p>The magic number for the future of Interstate 81 in downtown Syracuse is five:</p><p>Five different options, with a final decision five years away.</p><p><a href="http://thei81challengeblog.org/get-involved/public-meeting-wednesday-may-9th/" target="_blank">Tomorrow afternoon transportation planners from the I-81 Challenge</a> will present a broad set of options for what to do about the aging, elevated portion of I-81 known locally as &quot;the viaduct.&quot;</p><p>After that, planning officials begin the process of collecting the public&#39;s opinion. Tue, 08 May 2012 20:57:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney 18923 at http://wrvo.org Officials inch closer to decision day with I-81 public hearing