Future of 81

TAKE A LOOK: How the DOT envisions the community grid

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) -- For decades now, thousands of cars, trucks and other vehicles have moved through Syracuse on the I-81 viaduct, a little over a mile long.  

The state DOT endorsed plan would demolish this elevated highway as we've known it for years and instead create a community grid using the existing network of streets.

Almond Street will likely be most affected, which right now runs underneath and to the side of the viaduct.

The new Almond Street would have two 12-foot-wide travel lanes in each direction, turning lanes at intersections (where needed), widened sidewalks, a landscaped median, and bicycle facilities.

Coming north on the current I-81, you'll get into the grid at the point where the railroad crosses underneath I-81, so near the old trolley stop down below the Dome. 

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