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Transportation Officials Ignore Consensus Amongst Central New York by Removing Tunnel Alternative. Click here to read more.  
Putting Syracuse to Work During the I-81 Project: Click here to read more.
For Immediate Release: Save81.org commends Chairman McMahon for calling on the DOT to study Access Syracuse.
Rep. John Katko has come out in support of including a tunnel, boulevard, and viaduct option in the Final Scoping Report to allow CNY residents to evaluate a full range of options for the I-81 project.

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Al Stirpe Community Survey Results: 71% Against Community Gridlock!

When it comes to public polling, it’s obvious what the residents of the Syracuse area are not in favor of to replace the I-81 viaduct. Numerous polls over the past few years have indicated, Central New York is against having a community grid run through the city of Syracuse without a path for high speed […]

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Fabius

In early 2017 , the Town of Fabius passed a resolution memorializing the need to maintain the existing alignment of Interstate 81 through Syracuse. The resolution states: “For the last 50 years, Interstate 81 has served as a vital backbone for the economy of central New York, connecting commuters, businesses, tourists, visitors, and through travelers […]

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Onondoga

In January, 2017 the Town Board of the Town of Onondaga passed a resolution regarding the need to maintain the existing alignment of Interstate 81 through the city of Syracuse. The resolution states, “although there are a variety of ways to deal with I-81’s aging infrastructure, the existing ‘Interstate’ function and design must be preserved, […]

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New Poll: Large Majority of City and County Residents Oppose Boulevard or “Community Grid”

Save81.org recently commissioned an independent poll on the future of Interstate 81. By a wide margin, Onondaga County residents favor keeping Interstate 81 as an interstate highway rather than replacing it with a boulevard or “community grid” through the City of Syracuse.  Public Policy Polling conducted the poll of 1,138 voters on November 28th and […]

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Contact Information for CNY Elected Officials

The future of I-81 presents one of the greatest planning decisions of our time. It will affect property values, and the health, safety and economic vitality of Central New York forever. Please help to support Save81’s cause by contacting the various elected officials listed below with the following messaging: “I object to any plan to […]

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Transportation Officials Ignore Consensus Amongst Central New York by Removing Tunnel Alternative

SYRACUSE, NY – In response to the Department of Transportation’s announcement today that the (Access Syracuse) tunnel plan will not be one of the Interstate 81 options included in the draft environmental impact statement, Save81.org stated: “On the day that New York State announces a plan to spend 200 Billion dollars on roads, tunnels and bridges elsewhere […]

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Putting Syracuse to Work During the I-81 Project

Save81.org is a diverse coalition of concerned citizens, elected officials, employers, unions, and community groups. We are continuously seeking ways to support and better our community. In light of making decisions for the betterment of Syracuse and its residents, we are wholeheartedly supporting the call for the NYSDOT to apply for Special Experimental Project No. […]

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Poll Results from Assemblywoman Pam Hunter

When it comes to the future of Interstate 81, newly released poll results from Assemblywoman Pam Hunter’s recent campaign shows high levels of continued support from Central New York residents and business owners to maintain the highway’s current path through the region. These results remain consistent with surveys completed in both 2014 and 2015 by various elected officials. As […]

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Rep. John Katko talks to U.S. transportation secretary about central NY infrastructure, I-81 project

  Article originally published here. U.S. Rep. John Katko highlighted the importance of the Interstate 81 project in Syracuse during a call Wednesday with the country’s top transportation official. Katko, R-Camillus, talked to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx about the I-81 project and other central New York infrastructure needs. He also committed to supporting a long-term highway […]

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Save 81 Update — August 2015

Please click the link below to read our comprehensive update complete with previous DOT submissions. Save 81 — August Update

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Rep. John Katko talks I-81 with central New York tourism industry leaders

Article originally published here.  SYRACUSE | For more than an hour Wednesday afternoon, business leaders and tourism industry officials from throughout central New York had the ear of their congressman. U.S. Rep. John Katko headlined a travel and tourism roundtable at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse. Attendees included Syracuse Crunch owner Howard Dolgon, Cayuga […]

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I-81 Project: Projected vs. Actual Timeline

Overview On August 26, 2013, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register to begin an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Process on the I-81 viaduct. The notice outlined the role of the agencies and their intent to prepare the Environmental […]

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Lonsberry on I-81

Recently, on his radio show, Bob Lonsberry talked about the I-81 project, citing several inconvenient truths that the project coordinators seem to be willfully ignoring. Read the transcript below:  It’s interesting, as the state does its study on the re-do of I-81, and I know that’s a topic that’s getting tiresome for you, but we […]

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A Letter to Save81 Supporters

Dear Save81 Supporters, Thank you for your continued support of Save81.org. As you are likely aware, the Department of Transportation recently released its Scoping Report detailing the final options for Interstate 81’s future that will be studied in the next 12 to 18 months. We were encouraged that the DOT included in its report two […]

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Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Meeting (4 of 4)

What: The SMTC is in the process of creating an entirely new 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). This document will serve as a blueprint that guides the SMTC’s transportation development over the next 25-plus-years. Come share your thoughts on what you want Syracuse’s transportation system to look like in the future. Who: Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation […]

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Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Meeting (3 of 4)

What: The SMTC is in the process of creating an entirely new 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). This document will serve as a blueprint that guides the SMTC’s transportation development over the next 25-plus-years. Come share your thoughts on what you want Syracuse’s transportation system to look like in the future. Who: Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation […]

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Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Meeting (2 of 4)

What: The SMTC is in the process of creating an entirely new 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). This document will serve as a blueprint that guides the SMTC’s transportation development over the next 25-plus-years. Come share your thoughts on what you want Syracuse’s transportation system to look like in the future. Who: Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation […]

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Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Meeting (1 of 4)

What: The SMTC is in the process of creating an entirely new 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). This document will serve as a blueprint that guides the SMTC’s transportation development over the next 25-plus-years. Come share your thoughts on what you want Syracuse’s transportation system to look like in the future. Who: Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation […]

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Studying I-81 tunnel now is an investment in Syracuse’s future

Article originally published here. To The Editor: Many Syracuse business owners such as myself believe preserving Interstate 81’s north-south route through the region is vital for the region’s economy. This is why I found the Post-Standard’s March 20 editorial about the Access Syracuse tunnel-boulevard plan to be shortsighted and disappointing. It is certainly not a […]

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What’s good for Syracuse may be bad for small towns

Article originally published here. By Ed Wagner The Onondaga County Legislature’s resolution in support of a hybrid approach to Interstate 81 such as the Access Syracuse tunnel-boulevard plan is an important reminder that I-81’s future will have far-reaching effects well beyond Downtown Syracuse. Residents and officials throughout Central New York remain deeply concerned about the […]

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