SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Re-work and repair. The Rebuild NY Coalition came together in Syracuse on Friday morning to demand more money to fix crumbling roads and bridges across the state.
Leaders of the coalition, along with lawmakers and local union leaders, chose to stand in front of I-81, which they say serves as an example of how aging and deficient infrastructure impact urban communities and communities of color. They want more money to be invested into communities overshadowed by highway projects.
“We can’t just think about the interstate, we have to think about the communities, how it affects all the communities, whether its bicyclists or pedestrians, movement of goods, once you get off the interstate. That’s why we’re pushing so hard to keep these local funding for the communities,” said Gary Hill, a member of the Rebuild NY Coalition.
Rebuild NY Coalition leaders say new projects could also lead to more jobs in the community, giving a boost to the local economy.
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