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With I-81 decision nearing, the time to speak up is now

With Gov. Cuomo saying in November that the next step in the Interstate 81 decision-making process is coming in January, it has never been more important to make your voice heard about the need to maintain this important route. And that’s exactly what we’re hearing from our community. Ed McGuire of Syracuse recently wrote in […]

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Three cases for maintaining I-81

Why not Central New York? New Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon is asking just that as the debate over how to address Interstate 81 continues and the federal government’s role in the process remains as important as ever. “The (federal) money’s going to get spent on federal infrastructure somewhere. Why not have it done here?” County […]

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Save 81 members spread the word about community grid pitfalls

What’s the cost of replacing Interstate 81 with city streets? A more expensive gallon of gas, according to Steve Erwin, the Central Region vice chair of the Trucking Association of New York. Erwin, who foresees longer or more dangerous trips for trucks if I-81 in Syracuse is demolished, predicted during a radio interview Monday that […]

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Save 81 gains momentum in August

August is prime time for summer vacations, but even if you’ve been away, it has been hard to miss all that is going on with conversation about how to rebuild Interstate 81 in Syracuse. Simply put, we’re seeing momentum for rebuilding this important highway so it continues to serve all of Central New York and beyond: Gloria […]

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Mahoney: ‘I like (an I-81 tunnel) … because it satisfies everybody’

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney told reporters on Wednesday that she is supportive of a hybrid tunnel option for rebuilding Interstate 81 in Syracuse. “I like it in theory because it satisfies everybody,” she said, according to Syracuse.com. “You get the community grid and you get the high speed access.” Numerous polls and surveys in […]

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Trucking Association of New York joins Save 81

Save 81 today announced the Trucking Association of New York (TANY) is joining the vast coalition of concerned citizens, elected officials and business leaders from Syracuse and Central New York who are committed to preserving a high-speed option to and through the city. Approximately 90 percent of New York communities depend on trucks to deliver […]

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Interstate 81 debate heats up in July

There was plenty of discussion about the future of Interstate 81 happening throughout July, but we all know the debate exploded when the Post-Standard published its lengthy editorial supporting a community grid replacement for this important highway. But any disappointment Save 81 felt over the newspaper taking this position was overshadowed by an overwhelming outpouring of community support for maintaining […]

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DeFrancisco: High-speed route must remain in Syracuse

State Sen. John DeFrancisco has penned a letter to the editor on Syracuse.com that makes the case for maintaining a high-speed route through Syracuse as the state considers the best way to rebuild Interstate 81. He writes: The point I’ve made repeatedly over the years since I-81 has been discussed is that we need to […]

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June a huge month for Save 81

Save 81 has been busy over the past month spreading the word about how important Interstate 81‘s existing route is. Our top opportunity to do so was at the Syracuse Common Council committee session on the I-81 project in mid-June. Joe Bright of Dunk & Bright Furniture delivered a fantastic presentation about how we need to maintain […]

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Save 81 makes strong case against community grid at Council meeting

The Save 81 coalition’s Joe Bright told Syracuse common councilors and members of the public Thursday evening that maintaining Interstate 81’s existing high-speed route through Syracuse is essential for Southside businesses like his and others across the city and around the region. “In 2016 we surveyed our customers and asked them, ‘Would you visit Dunk […]

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Emergency response times would suffer under community grid

Syracuse.com is reporting today on what would happen to emergency response times if a so-called community grid were to replace Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse. Former Syracuse Fire Chief Mark McLees has an answer. “If you’re having a heart attack, you’d like to have them come as quickly as they can. People go, ‘A minute, […]

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DeWitt Supervisor Michalenko: Converting I-481 to I-81 would be ‘detrimental’

DeWitt Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko writes in a new op-ed on Syracuse.com that Interstate 81’s current route through Syracuse must be maintained in the future. Michalenko writes: It is our considered opinion that converting Interstate 481 into I-81 will be detrimental to DeWitt neighborhoods, and our community as a whole, due to significantly increased air […]

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Magnarelli survey: 65 percent oppose community grid

A new survey of Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli’s constituents shows that 65 percent support maintaining a high-speed route through Syracuse, rejecting a community grid option to replace the existing Interstate 81. The survey of 1,101 residents showed that 49 percent support rebuilding the viaduct, while another 16 percent support building a tunnel-street hybrid solution. Just 35 […]

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Cuomo puts I-81 tunnel option back on table

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today in his State of the State address that a tunnel option for Interstate 81 in Syracuse will be studied as part of the state’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement process. “The addition of a tunnel alternative for the I-81 Viaduct Project would provide an opportunity to fully evaluate and allow public […]

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State-commissioned study finds I-81 tunnel option is feasible

A state study has found that a tunnel replacement of the Interstate 81 viaduct in Syracuse is feasible. The study examined multiple options for a high-speed tunnel through Syracuse, combined with new city streets above ground to serve local traffic. The Save 81 coalition has been a major proponent of a hybrid tunnel option that […]

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Independent I-81 project study shows ‘many negatives’ of community grid

A new study shows that a community grid replacement of Interstate 81 in downtown Syracuse would have dramatic negative impacts on the city and region The Save 81 coalition, along with state Sen. John DeFrancisco and Assemblymen William Magnarelli and Gary Finch, announced today the findings of an independent study commissioned by Save 81 that […]

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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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