Regional transportation officials fear the community will be polarized over what to do with the elevated portion of Interstate 81 through Syracuse. Engineers just got the green light to spend the next few months conducting an environmental impact review of the various options, and narrow them down to one or two.
Kathy Rapp is an Onondaga County Lawmaker, Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council Member, and member of the group Save I-81.org. She's concerned people are already taking sides even before knowing the final options.
“Obviously, there’s lots of different opinions and they’re all over the board. But, I think at at the end the day, everybody shares the same goal at making this community better and growing it and looking at this as an opportunity. There could be a billion dollars coming to this community and how can we leverage that for the most good for the most people?”
Meanwhile, Rapp says the county plans to open up the Carnegie Building in Downtown Syracuse around Labor Day to give the community a place to learn more about the project. She says the State DOT will set up information boards in the former library on the corner of Montgomery and East Jefferson Streets where people can stop in at their leisure and leave their comments.