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.
The 1.4 mile stretch of elevated highway through downtown, known as the viaduct, is reaching the end of its useable lifespan.
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.
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. The $1.2 billion program will repair roads and bridges, but it is also intended to function as a jobs and economic development engine.