Responds to CenterState CEO President’s Comments on the Future of I-81

For Immediate Release: September 17, 2013

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — In response to CenterState CEO President Robert M. Simpson’s commentary today regarding the future of Interstate 81, stated:

“Mr. Simpson hits the nail on the head when he says the I-81 project will transform the region’s infrastructure for generations to come. wants this transformation to be positive, which is why it has implored the state to thoroughly evaluate plans that will modernize I-81 and maintain its Interstate Highway designation instead of focusing on the flawed boulevard plan.”

“As Senator Schumer said back in July, we must think big when it comes to I-81’s future. looks forward to working with Mr. Simpson as well as other local and state leaders to tackle the Senator’s challenge and determine an I-81 solution that best meets our region’s needs.” 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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