Final community meeting on future of I-81 held in Liverpool

Future of 81

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The signs say it all for this section of Central New York. The Town of Salina wants to save 81 and keep the highway the way it is.

Town Supervisor Colleen Gunnip says Salina stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue if there were to be a community grid.

Gunnip said, “They need to look at the impacts in the Town of Salina, sit down with the businesses. I want a seat at the table. We need to come up with a solution that works for the city of Syracuse, as well as the town of Salina. A consensus solution.”

The State DOT held its final neighborhood meeting after NewsChannel 9 asked why one wasn’t originally planned here.

There were plenty of questions and some in favor of the community grid tried to sway Salina neighbors.

Diana Ryan has come to all 11 neighborhood meetings.

“Syracuse growing economically, so it has a larger economic pie to be divided amongst the people here. And I believe that will benefit the Town of Salina businesses,” Ryan said.

Going forward, the state DOT will have more studies to do and public hearings to hold.

“Yeah, this is our last neighborhood meeting but I wanna assure the public that this is not the last time the DOT will engage in the community,” Mark Frechette said.

A final decision isn’t expected for more than a year from now.

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I-81 Resources: 

View the full New York State Department of Transportation DEIS report here. 

Click here for full renderings of the proposed community grid.

If you want to weigh in on the report, you can write comments to:

Mark Frechette, PE, Project Director

New York State Department of Transportation, Region 3

333 East Washington Street

Syracuse, NY 13202

You can email comments to I81Opportunities@dot.ny.gov.

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