transportation 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 Red to green: Syracuse working to upgrade traffic signal system http://wrvo.org/post/red-green-syracuse-working-upgrade-traffic-signal-system <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s what every commuter hates when trying to get to work in the morning: red lights. They slow drive times down and waste gas, but&nbsp;the city of Syracuse is working to upgrade its traffic light system, so drivers see more green.</span></p><p>"By coordinating the traffic lights, what happens is, we can tell the traffic light not only how long to be green in a certain direction, but when to go green," explains Harry Carlson of the city's public works department.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:45:13 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58319 at http://wrvo.org Red to green: Syracuse working to upgrade traffic signal system 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 More federal money sought for rural bridges http://wrvo.org/post/more-federal-money-sought-rural-bridges <p></p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer wants to add about $50 million to funding that comes to New York for upkeep and repair of rural bridges.</p><p>The federal government provides the state with $71 million a year right now to maintain the thousands of bridges that don’t fall under federal purview. That number is tied to a 2009 transportation bill.</p><p>There are efforts in Congress to continue to cap that amount through 2020.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Democrat says continuing to cap the fund will lead to further deterioration of rural bridges.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:20:04 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57571 at http://wrvo.org More federal money sought for rural bridges 17 ships now in traffic jam on St. Lawrence Seaway http://wrvo.org/post/17-ships-now-traffic-jam-st-lawrence-seaway <p>There are now 17 shipping freighters in a traffic jam on the St. Lawrence Seaway because a disabled vessel has been blocking their path since Tuesday afternoon.</p><p>The freighter Federal Kivalina has been stuck in the American Narrows section of the seaway, near Collins Landing, N.Y., <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/traffic-st-lawrence-seaway-blocked-disabled-freighter?nopop=1" target="_blank">since it lost steering and ran aground</a>. It's stuck about a third of a mile up river from the Thousand Islands Bridge.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:00:52 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56534 at http://wrvo.org 17 ships now in traffic jam on St. Lawrence Seaway Traffic on St. Lawrence Seaway blocked by disabled freighter http://wrvo.org/post/traffic-st-lawrence-seaway-blocked-disabled-freighter <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A large freighter stuck in a narrow part of the St. Lawrence Seaway since yesterday afternoon is beginning to cause a backup of shipping traffic along the waterway.</span></p><p>The Federal Kivalina lost power yesterday afternoon in the "American Narrows" section of the seaway and ran aground a third of a mile north of the Thousand Islands Bridge, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The bridge, west of Alexandria Bay, carries Interstate 81 over the St. Lawrence River.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 21:24:45 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56471 at http://wrvo.org Traffic on St. Lawrence Seaway blocked by disabled freighter Erie Canal opens for 190th season, as commercial shipping returns http://wrvo.org/post/erie-canal-opens-190th-season-commercial-shipping-returns <p></p><p>The Erie Canal and New York's smaller waterways are open for their&nbsp;190th&nbsp;consecutive season connecting New York Harbor with the Great Lakes and other points west and north.</p><p>The 524 miles of waterways drove the rise of upstate New York's cities two centuries ago.&nbsp;<a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/barge-traffic-increases-along-erie-canal-thanks-canada" target="_blank">Now, the canal</a>&nbsp;is mostly a tourism and recreation path.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 10:14:32 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55426 at http://wrvo.org Erie Canal opens for 190th season, as commercial shipping returns 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 Syracuse has repaired 2,000 potholes since April 1 http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-has-repaired-2000-potholes-april-1 <p></p><p>Public works crews have already patched 2,000 potholes on Syracuse streets in April, but there are so many more, they now have their own email address.</p><p>City officials Tuesday unveiled a new pothole repair truck and called on residents to help report potholes around town. A quarter of those repaired so far came from city complaints, officials said.</p><p>Finding more shouldn't be a problem.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:34:11 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54649 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse has repaired 2,000 potholes since April 1 Increase in ND oil rail traffic through New York raises safety concerns http://wrvo.org/post/increase-nd-oil-rail-traffic-through-new-york-raises-safety-concerns <p></p><p>A clear and present danger hiding in plain sight.</p><p>That’s how Cornell University’s Susan Christopherson describes the oil train traffic through the state.</p><p>A massive explosion caused by a runaway oil train in Quebec last July has raised awareness about the levels of flammable material being shipped by rail.</p><p>Christopherson, a professor of city and regional planning, says New York state finds itself with a mobile oil problem.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:32:07 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 53504 at http://wrvo.org Increase in ND oil rail traffic through New York raises safety concerns NY DOT looking at five options to speed up rail travel http://wrvo.org/post/ny-dot-looking-five-options-speed-rail-travel <div><p></p><p>New York state transportation planners have opened the discussion about the best way to speed up train travel through upstate New York.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Passenger trains running between Buffalo and New York City right now run at about 50 miles per hour and are often slowed more by competing freight train traffic.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:46:52 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52278 at http://wrvo.org NY DOT looking at five options to speed up rail travel Water mains and transportation focus of infrastructure forum http://wrvo.org/post/water-mains-and-transportation-focus-infrastructure-forum <p></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:20:54 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51556 at http://wrvo.org Water mains and transportation focus of infrastructure forum Changes coming to make West Street more pedestrian friendly http://wrvo.org/post/changes-coming-make-west-street-more-pedestrian-friendly <p></p><p>Changes are coming to Syracuse’s West Street artery to make the roadway more pedestrian friendly and less of a barrier for the Near Westside neighborhood.</p><p>West Street was built in the middle of the last century, as Interstate 81 was paving through the city, as a way to move cars more easily. It’s six lanes wide and not pedestrian friendly, but many west side residents have to cross the street to get downtown or to the grocery store.</p><p>The Near Westside Initiative, a community advocacy group has been working with the state transportation department on a redesign.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:36:46 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51377 at http://wrvo.org Changes coming to make West Street more pedestrian friendly 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 Sand, salt, beet juice? http://wrvo.org/post/sand-salt-beet-juice <p></p><p>The winter months can pose a headache for drivers navigating the roads after a snow storm. Plowing can only do so much and too often a slick, hard pack of snow and ice can cover streets making them dangerous&nbsp;to drive.</p><p>So what are road crews trying now? Beet juice.</p><p>It’s not used everywhere, but it is catching on. The New York State Thruway Authority is one of several state agencies pre-treating and treating roads with and mixture of beet juice extract and brine water.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:06:00 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 48997 at http://wrvo.org Sand, salt, beet juice? 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 New authority hopes to improve operations at Syracuse airport http://wrvo.org/post/new-authority-hopes-improve-operations-syracuse-airport <p><strong>Correction: The authority planned to take over operations of the airport is a public benefit</strong> <strong>authority and not private.</strong></p><p>Early next year control of day-to-day operations at Syracuse&rsquo;s Hancock International Airport will transfer from a city department to a <strike>private</strike> <strong>public benefit</strong> authority, a move city and airport officials say will mean benefits for travelers.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:23:45 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45625 at http://wrvo.org New authority hopes to improve operations at Syracuse airport 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 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 Syracuse airport receives federal grant http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-airport-receives-federal-grant <p>Syracuse's Hancock Airport is getting a $4.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration that officials say will help keep flights on time.&nbsp; Airport Commissioner Christina Callahan says the funds will pay for a new taxiway, and area where diverted planes can go.<p>"We have long been an airport of choice for diverted aircraft, and there are times where we find ourselves in situations, whether it's weather related, closures, we are getting many aircraft at a time. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 18:57:45 +0000 Ellen Abbott 41977 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse airport receives federal grant 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 Sailing through history http://wrvo.org/post/sailing-through-history <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Lois McClure is a replica of an 1862 canal schooner that's also a floating museum. This summer she's commemorating 19th century transportation history by traveling from Lake Champlain, across the canal system to Buffalo, down the St. Lawrence river to Montreal, and back again.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:40:00 +0000 Sarah Harris 40527 at http://wrvo.org Sailing through history Port of Oswego shifts its business from water to land http://wrvo.org/post/port-oswego-shifts-its-business-water-land <p></p><p>Jonathan Daniels warns it's about to get real loud just as a fork lift drops a huge block of aluminum. Sure enough, the block creates a thud as the forklift goes back to pick up another piece.</p><p>Daniels, the executive director of the Port of Oswego, is making his rounds. Despite the port's prime real estate at the end of the Oswego Canal and the first deep water port on Lake Ontario for ships coming in from the St. Lawrence Seaway, there aren't any ships docked here this day.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:10:38 +0000 Ryan Delaney 40264 at http://wrvo.org Port of Oswego shifts its business from water to land Barge traffic increases along Erie Canal http://wrvo.org/post/barge-traffic-increases-along-erie-canal <p>New York's Erie Canal is reviving its history to again be an economic corridor for commercial shipping through upstate New York — after decades of being mostly used by recreational boats.</p><p>Shipping from Canada is expected to lead to a level of commercial traffic not seen in decades. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:14:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney 40090 at http://wrvo.org Barge traffic increases along Erie Canal 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