Press Release (2/27/15)

For Immediate Release: February 27, 2015

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Hybrid Plan Could Be Compromise Solution Central New York Needs

SYRACUSE, NY—In response to Chairman McMahon’s press conference today, stated:

“We commend Chairman McMahon’s call for the DOT to further study hybrid plans, including Access Syracuse, and we encourage the Onondaga County Legislature to vote in favor of the resolution Chairman McMahon will introduce Tuesday in support of a hybrid option. Access Syracuse is the compromise plan our region needs, and we must show the NYS DOT that this plan has broad support.

“Access Syracuse is an ambitious plan to meet our region’s infrastructure needs. By combining a boulevard with a tunnel, Access Syracuse creates a compromise that city and suburban residents can all support. Access Syracuse will allow traffic to flow easily to our region’s businesses, improve air quality, and update our region’s transportation network to meet current standards.

“It’s essential that the DOT include Access Syracuse as one of the options for further study. Central New Yorkers deserve to know whether this is a truly viable option, and we won’t know without all of the facts.”

About is a diverse coalition of concerned residents, elected officials, employers, union members, and community groups that have come together as officials in Albany determine how to deal with the aging portions of I-81 in our area. opposes a plan being considered to replace I-81 in Downtown Syracuse with a boulevard that would divert Interstate traffic away from the City and leave traffic congestion and air pollution in its place.

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