How the I-81 Replacement Project Might Learn from Boston's 'Big Dig'

Apr 2, 2014

The start of a speaker series about the future of Interstate 81 takes place tonight at Civic Center

Boston University Professor Virginia Greiman shares her experiences as a consultant on Boston's Big Dig road project tonight at a presentation and Q & A session in the Onondaga County Civic Center.  It's meant to provide some insight into the process Syracuse is going through with the necessary replacement for Interstate 81'S elevated portion

Grieman can't emphasize enough the time spent on planning.  She also encourages local residents and businesses to get involved.  Greiman says the Boston project was greatly influenced by public input, which included scrapping the initial design of the bridge.  She warns people can make up their minds too quickly about a best plan.  Rather, she suggests, people have to keep an open mind and understand that such "Mega-Projects" as they're called can have a transformative effect on a community. 

Canregie Library at Montgomery and Jefferson Streets houses I-81 exhibit.

The presentation takes place tonight at the Civic Center's Carrier Theater.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the talk will begin at 7:30, followed by a question and answer session. 

The Carnegie Library on Montgomery Street in Syracuse houses an exhibit to infomr peopel about hte planning process for changing or replacing the I-81 bridge section through downtown Syracuse, as it nears its useful lifespan.  People can also register comments and questions there.