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DOT presents alternatives for I-81 viaduct in Syracuse

State DOT officials held presentations on Thursday to discuss 16 variations to replace the I-81 viaduct through the city of Syracuse.
Updated at 8:18 p.m. on Thursday, May 1:

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – State DOT officials held presentations on Thursday to discuss 16 variations to replace the I-81 viaduct through the city of Syracuse.

The plans include either reconstructing the viaduct, making a surface street, or building a depressed highway or a tunnel.

At the meeting, the DOT talked about the following options

On Tuesday, the DOT presented four tunnel alternatives:

- Tunnel on current alignment -
The DOT proposed two tunnels under the current alignment, one that would travel under the current Almond Street from Martin Luther King East (formerly Castle Street) to Butternut Street. This would be 2 miles in length. Or, the DOT proposes the tunnel traveling under the current Almond Street from Martin Luther King East to East Genesee Street, which would be 1 mile in length.
  • Length of time to construct: 5-6 years
  • Traffic during construction: Diverted to I-481 and I-690
  • Property impact: Potentially 35-40 full property takings
  • Projected cost: $1.6 billion to $2.2 billion.
- Tunnel on western alignment -
The DOT proposed a tunnel that would go under the current Townsend Street. The DOT did not specify where the tunnel would begin or end.
  • Length of time to construct: Not specified
  • Traffic during construction: Continue to use the current I-81 viaduct
  • Property impact: Pioneer Homes and Downtown properties; impact not specified
  • Projected cost: Not specified
- Tunnel on eastern alignment -
The DOT proposed a 5-mile tunnel that would run under University Hill and Lincoln Park neighborhoods.
  • Length of time to construct: Not specified
  • Traffic during construction: Continue to use the current I-81 viaduct
  • Property impact: More than 100 potential properties takings
  • Projected cost: $3 billion to $3.9 billion.
You can view the full DOT report here.




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