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New York State DOT to host open house on I-81 replacement project at Oncenter

By Eric Reinhardt


The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has scheduled an open house for June 18 at the Oncenter to discuss the I-81 viaduct-replacement project in downtown Syracuse. NYSDOT has determined that the community grid alternative will “best” meet the project objectives. (Eric Reinhardt / BJNN file photo)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will hold an open house on June 18 in downtown Syracuse to update the public on the latest developments regarding the Interstate 81 (I-81) viaduct-replacement project.

NYSDOT on April 22 released a preliminary draft design report/DEIS for the I-81 viaduct project that is subject to public and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) review and comment before it’s finalized. The agency chose to pursue the community grid alternative to replacing I-81.

The open house will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Oncenter in downtown Syracuse. New preliminary project drawings will be available for review and NYSDOT representatives will be available to explain the community grid project and answer questions, the department said in a news release.

A formal presentation will take place beginning at 6 p.m. The presentation will be on information included in the preliminary draft design report/DEIS.

“This open house is an important step in our overall plan to engage the public on the I-81 project,” Marie Therese Dominguez, acting NYSDOT commissioner, said. “The Department of Transportation plans to hold a series of community meetings to update the public on the project and share information. This will provide the community with an opportunity to provide comments, ask questions and raise any concerns.”

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