People want more I-81 neighborhood meetings

Future of 81

ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — As a driver, Kim Hoover worries about life without I-81. As a Salina community member, she’s more upset about how businesses will take a hit when fewer cars come through her town.

“Does Salina have the most to lose by a community grid?” our Andrew Donovan asked.

Hoover responded, “Honestly, Andrew, I can’t answer that question. Do we have the most? We have a lot to lose. I don’t know how you way that out. I’m not opposed to making it better for city residents, I am opposed to making it more difficult for everybody else.”

An opinion she’ll share with state engineers in Cicero next week, which is her best chance after Salina was left off the list of nine neighborhood meetings.

“Why not extended that one or two more to communities wanting them? 81, follow the path and see where it goes. Those communities on those paths should be the ones that have the opportunities to have a meeting without traveling some place to see one,” Hoover said.

A spokesperson says the Department of Transportation has received requests for meetings in additional communities. He says all of those will be taken into consideration.

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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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