TAKE A LOOK: How the DOT envisions the community grid

Future of 81

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. 

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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.

Live Doppler 9 Map Center

CNY View

CNY View

CNY View

Oswego Area

Oswego Area

Syracuse Area

Syracuse Area