People are getting a chance to get involved and learn more about the future of Interstate 81 in Syracuse. Wednesday, the state DOT hosted the first in a series of meetings on the project. Iris St. Meran has more.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Plans for the future of Interstate 81 in Syracuse are slowly taking shape. On Wednesday, the State Department of Transportation hosted the first in a series of neighborhood meetings to get the community involved in the next stage of the process, which involves an environmental review.
The public was able to look at different impacts ranging from environmental to transportation to economic. Then community members were able to voice their concerns.
We spoke with a woman who lives directly across from 81.
"The easy access to our apartments and the air quality, I mean, because as it is now, I live on the fifth floor and the dust is phenomenal, I mean you get debris from the air quality is really poor living up on the fifth floor, I can't imagine what it is like up higher. So that is really my main concern," said Susie Scalise.
The next steps will be the scoping process, which also seeks public input. The difference is questions and comments will be on record.