The Trucking Association of New York has joined Save 81! Click here to read more.

        Gov. Cuomo orders the study of a tunnel in DEIS process. Click here to read more.

Independent I-81 project study shows ‘many negatives’ of community grid. Click here to read more.
Putting Syracuse to Work During the I-81 Project: Click here to read more.

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Visualization of Alternative Design

Here’s a look at what effective high-speed transit looks like with a community grid at street level. As the “grid only option” proposed by the State DOT is NOT a done deal, let’s keep the ideas flowing and the conversation going.

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Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 in Salina!

Dear Save 81 Supporter,   The DOT will host a neighborhood meeting in Salina on September 11, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Chestnut Hill Middle School (200 Saslon Park Dr., Liverpool, NY 13088). Whether you live in Salina, Skaneateles or the Southside of Syracuse, the future of I-81 matters to all Central New Yorkers. […]

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I-481’s jam-packed exit near Syracuse gets no relief in I-81 proposal

By Teri Weaver DeWitt, N.Y. – The overwhelming majority of Interstate 481 keeps traffic moving at normal speeds during daily rush hours in the Syracuse suburbs, according to state transportation records. But there is one spot on I-481 that is currently jammed up during the evening drive home. It’s Exit 3 on the southbound side. Those are the […]

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Carrier Dome traffic can only get worse with I-81 community grid (Your letters)

To the Editor: Regarding “Will Carrier Dome traffic get worse with new I-81? Think sieve not funnel, state says” (May 3, 2019): I find it disingenuous that Interstate 81 project director Mark Frechette and the New York State Department of Transportation are purporting the new community grid will be better for Carrier Dome large event traffic. […]

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I-81 Open House on June 18!

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I-81 opinions: Needs of suburban majority outweigh grid proponents (Your letters)

To the Editor: Interstate 81 serves as a vital backbone for the economy of Onondaga County, and for decades it has been an economic driver for the many towns and businesses that have grown around it. Recently, representatives of 11 hotels located along Interstate 81 sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo expressing our concerns about what […]

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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 […]

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Development potential of I-81 community grid is ‘wishful thinking’ (Your letters)

To the Editor: Once again, this newspaper and groups of developers and architects are lauding the development potential and subsequent tax income by releasing valuable land beneath the viaduct with the community grid option to replace Interstate 81 (“Developers: Growth of Syracuse, region depends on community grid,” Nov. 14, 2018, “Landscape architects group: We support […]

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I81 Opinions: Many questions remain about how grid, I-481 will handle traffic (Your Letters)

To the Editor: I am responding to the editorial board’s position that the Community Grid is the best option for the Interstate 81 viaduct replacement project. Let’s look at some details. * Thousands of people travel I-81 every day. The grid assumes that many vehicles will be offloaded onto Interstate 481. It is packed every […]

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I81 Opinions: We had community grid in 1950s, and it was slow (Your letters)

To the Editor: I was glad to read Joseph Todisco’s commentary, “Maintaining I-81 is the true investment in downtown Syracuse’s future” (Jan. 9, 2019), advocating the maintaining and improving of Interstate 81 on it’s present path through Syracuse. I’m old enough to remember Syracuse in the early 1950s, before I-81 ran through our city. We had what […]

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