Town of Salina adopts resolution to preserve high-speed access along I-81

Future of 81

SALINA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Salina Town Board unanimously approved a resolution calling for preserving high-speed access along Interstate 81 during Tuesday night’s meeting. The Town Board also called on the State DOT and lawmakers to keep the existing alignment of 81.

Town officials say the draft environmental impact statement does not address concerns from Salina, despite the town having three I-81 off ramps leading to their businesses, all of which they say will be hurt if their resolution to keep through traffic moving through Salina is not used.

“Anyone that’s going 481 heading north or south is not going to go all the way up in to Cicero, turn around and come back into Salina. We just know that that’s not going to happen. So it’ll be interesting to see how long it will take for Salina to feel the major impacts of it. But if they do it, it will,” said Colleen Gunnip, Salina Town Supervisor.

Leaders estimate that businesses could lose 30 percent of their revenue if the community grid goes forward.

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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

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