I-81 opinions: First responders need high-speed access to downtown Syracuse (Your letters)

To the Editor:

For decades, Interstate 81 has played an essential role in the safety of residents across the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County.

Recently, the Lysander Public Safety Coalition, comprised of nine first responder agencies serving the northwestern region of the county, unanimously passed a resolution in support of a hybrid solution to preserve high-speed access into and through downtown Syracuse.

As first responders, we understand how in an emergency every minute and every second is crucial. The community grid and increased traffic on local roads would be devastating to our services and the public safety of our neighbors by lengthening emergency response times.

Thousands of Central New Yorkers rely on our emergency medical services every single day to get the help they need. And we all rely on Interstate 81 to help us get to where we need to go quickly and efficiently.

Kit Thompson
Lysander Public Safety Coalition