Rethink 81

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Syracuse residents rallied today to change the Interstate-81 overpass to a road system known as a “community grid”. They say that the I-81 overpass fragments and segregates the city. Robert Doucette is a member of “ReThink 81”, an organization pushing for the community grid. He says grid proponents are eager to see the results of a city-sponsored study on the overpass.

Scott Willis / WAER News

The New York State Department of Transportation released its list of three final options that the state will consider for the I-81 Viaduct thru Syracuse, and a tunnel is one of them.   The others in the 261 page "scoping report" include a community grid (boulevard) alternative, and three versions of a new viaduct.

Rethink 81

The group of property owners, businesses, and residents who want to see the I-81 viaduct torn down revealed computer generated renderings showing what a boulevard may look like. Developer Bob Doucette with Rethink 81 says their analysis of land values in the path and around the freeways shows a street level solution could generate $140 million in property value.