SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- There are new concerns centering on plans for an overhaul of elevated sections of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse.
With a possibility of major construction due to begin, possibly within four years, city lawmakers are asking how development plans can be drawn up for areas bordering the interstate. They think it may be time to rewrite the city's Comprehensive Plan to take the work into account.
"Whatever decision's going to be made on Route 81, should be incorporated in that decision making process. Whether it's on a project by project basis, whether we take a swath of land and say, we're not going to build here because we're not sure what's going to happen, but that's a conversation that needs to be had," said Syracuse Common Councilor Kathleen Joy.
Planning officials say business groups involved in development are looking at potential projects themselves and still want a go ahead for work alongside the interstate.