Save 81

 
The Access Syracuse Plan could be the solution we need. Click here to read more details about the plan.
NYSDOT and Onondaga County announce the first speaker in I-81 speaker series. Boston's Big Dig expert Virginia Greiman to speak Wednesday, April 2. Click here for more details. Photo credit: AP Photo/Elise Amendola
Submit Your Comments: First Scoping Period to Close Friday, January 17 Regarding I-81 Project. Click here for details.
Save81.Org Urges Community to Voice Boulevard Concerns at Today's I-81 Scoping Meeting. Click here to learn more about the meeting.

New Poll: Onondaga County Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose a Boulevard to Replace I-81; Only 18% Approve of Boulevard Plan.

Click here to read the full results.

Make sure to attend the NYSDOT's Scoping Meeting on November 13th to have your concerns and contributions recorded as part of I-81's project record. Click here for event details.
I-81 Westside Public Meeting to be held October 29 at Fowler High School. Click here for details.
YNN's Bill Carey reports, federal officials “were complaining that the state had seemed to focus on just one solution, the plan for removal of the raised highway, replaced by a boulevard.” Memos Reveal Serious Concerns Over Boulevard Plan
Salina Town Supervisor Mark Nicotra speaks at the launch of Save81.org on August 1st at the Inns at Armory Square.
Skaneateles Community Group Rejects Boulevard Option The Citizens to Preserve the Character of Skaneateles (CPCS) says replacing the I-81 elevated highway in Syracuse with a boulevard and re-routing traffic around the city would be “a huge setback for the Finger Lakes Region.”
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Interstate 81 serves as a vital backbone for the Syracuse economy and plays an important role in the region’s public safety and accessibility. However, portions of I-81 are nearing the end of their useful life and must be either repaired or replaced over the next several years. This includes a 1.4-mile stretch of I-81 built on an elevated roadway, also known as a viaduct, that runs through Syracuse’s Central Business District.  This project is attracting scrutiny because some of the ideas being proposed would drastically change traffic patterns in a way that could irreparably harm the area’s economy and accessibility.

One of the ideas on the table is a plan to replace I-81 in Syracuse with a boulevard and divert I-81 traffic around the City. This plan could have profound negative consequences on the entire Central New York region. Rerouting I-81 around the city could harm the region’s economy and public safety while also clogging traffic in Syracuse, which today is known as a “20-minute city”– where you can get anywhere in a short period of time. Numerous hotels, restaurants, gas stations and small businesses would now face a substantial loss of visitors and revenue if I-81 traffic were to be diverted away from the city. Rerouted traffic would run through the surrounding communities potentially causing environmental and infrastructure concerns.

The Save 81 Coalition

Save81.org is a diverse coalition of concerned citizens, elected officials, residents, employers, union members, and community groups that opposes this boulevard option. We believe that any plan to rehabilitate the aging portions of Interstate 81 in our region must keep I-81 flowing through Downtown Syracuse as an Interstate Highway, either via a tunnel, depressed roadway, an iconic bridge into the City, an elevated highway, or even an idea that has yet to be proposed. We want state officials in Albany to keep all of these options on the table.

The time is now to educate yourself on the I-81 issue and the various options at hand. As residents of Greater Syracuse we have the opportunity to control our own future. Sign our petition and join us in our efforts to protect the future of Syracuse by becoming a part of the campaign to Save I-81.