Applauds Labor Council’s Resolution Opposing Boulevard Plan For I-81

Building & Construction Trades Council’s Resolution Highlights Serious Concerns About Boulevard’s Potential Economic Consequences For The Region                                                        

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Central and Northern New York Building & Construction Trades Council passed a unanimous resolution on Wednesday rejecting a plan to replace Interstate 81 with a boulevard in Downtown Syracuse.

In response to the Council’s resolution, member Mark Nicotra, Town Supervisor of Salina, stated:

“As a representative for thousands of area workers, the Labor Council knows firsthand the important role I-81 plays in the region’s economy. Any plan for dealing with I-81 that jeopardizes jobs and economic growth is unacceptable, and this resolution underscores the disastrous economic effects a boulevard could have for area employers and workers. It’s time for the state to dismiss the boulevard plan and focus on exploring the numerous other alternatives that make sense for the region.” opposes the boulevard plan being considered by state officials to deal with the aging portions of I-81 in the area and believes there are multiple solutions that should be considered instead, including a tunnel, depressed roadway, a new bridge, a rebuilt elevated highway, or an idea that has yet to be proposed.

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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