The New York State Department of Transportation is hosting the first of eight neighborhood meetings on Wednesday regarding the Interstate 81 project. As YNN's Brad Vivacqua reports, the meetings are meant to encourage public participation in the project.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The New York State Department of Transportation wants to provide an update on its environmental review process, and continue to collect feedback from city residents regarding the Interstate 81 project.
The highway was built 50 years ago. Now, a portion of the highway through the city is in need of upgrades.
Some people are in favor of an urban boulevard and believe it could potentially help the economy and change the image of Syracuse. However, a coalition of elected leaders and community members have expressed concern regarding the boulevard option. Members of the Save 81 Coalition believe it would have negative effects on traffic, business, and public safety.
The group is pushing officials to focus on alternative options, including a tunnel, a depressed roadway, or another way to keep the current roadway intact.
"We're trying to be as informed as we can about the process so we can spread the message and get people involved and get people informed because this is a decision that's going to have an effect on just about everybody in the region," said Mark Nicotra, Salina Town Supervisor. "Not only for today or tomorrow, but fifty to one hundred years from now."
Wednesday's meeting will be held from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Toomey Abbot Towers on Almond Street.
In addition to Wednesday's meeting, the DOT plan to hold seven other meetings throughout different neighborhoods in the city and its surrounding suburbs.
If you're interested in providing feedback about the project, or have any questions, comments, or concerns, CenterState CEO is urging people to use the hashtag "81Questions" on Twitter and Facebook.