Syracuse, N.Y. — The latest version of the massive plan to rebuild part of Interstate 81 and the city’s highway system is coming in mid-July, according to a spokesman from Rep. John Katko’s office.© Michael Greenlar/Michael Greenlar | [email protected] I-81 arterial highway through Syracuse, with Pioneer Homes visible next to the highway May 9, 2018. Michael Greenlar | [email protected]
The release of that next plan — officially called a Draft Environmental Impact Statement — will trigger a public hearing and comment period that will allow residents, businesses and others to comment on the proposed $2 billion plan.
That public hearing will be in August, according to Katko spokesman Dan Kranz. Katko spoke with the acting administrator of the Federal Highway Administration on Tuesday, Kranz said.
Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo earmarked $800 million in transportation money toward the estimated $2 billion plan.
In 2019, the state released a preliminary version of the plan. In it, the state proposed a $2 billion proposal that would tear down about 1.4 miles of bridges on I-81 that run between the University Hill and downtown. Highway traffic would be rerouted onto nearby Interstate 481 on the city’s eastern side. A portion of Interstate 690 that crosses the city’s center would also be rebuilt.© Lauren Long | llong/syracuse.com View of downtown Syracuse, facing west toward I-81 and the interchange with I-690. Lauren Long, [email protected]
The plan also includes a new pathway to Syracuse University and surrounding hospitals from I-690. People approaching the city from the north would enter through a new gateway celebrating the Erie Canal. State officials say the plans would alleviate traffic congestion on I-81 near Adams and Harrison streets, where accidents happen 2 to 3 times more often than on similar roadways.
The state’s goal is to start construction on the highway project in 2022.
Before that happens, the Federal Highway Administration must sign off on the state’s plans. According to Katko’s office, that final approval for the plan from the feds is expected in early 2022.
Katko plans to hold a telephone town hall in coming weeks about the project, Kranz said.
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