State DOT to hold open house on Interstate 81 viaduct project

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The New York State Department of Transportation will be holding an open house on the Interstate 81 Viaduct project on Tuesday, June 18.

The open house will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Oncenter in Syracuse.

The first three hours will be informal, where at your pace you can check out latest project drawings and other displays about the project as well as the chance to talk with State DOT representatives 

The final two hours, starting at 6 p.m. will be a formal, but only the first half hour will be presentation and the rest will be heavy on the public engagement.

I-81 Viaduct Project Director Mark Frechette says, “If people are interested in talking about real estate impacts we’ll have real estate specialists there.  If they’re interested in looking at the elimination of the missing links as part of the community grid we’ll have displays there and people to talk one on one.”

On April 22 the DOT released its long awaited Draft Design Report and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project.

It determined the Community Grid alternative best meets the objectives of the project.

Frechette says, it’s not too late to get involved, and the feedback they get is useful to them.

“Our last big open house meeting resulted in changes to the alternative that made it better so we’re open to listening to the public, we’re open to having that dialogue.  We want good ideas,” Frechette tells NewsChannel 9.

At the June 18 meeting DOT will announce the schedule for smaller neighborhood meetings.

They are not set yet, but will be held around the City of Syracuse and suburbs as well.

For those wanting to know more about the project or if you would like to comment, visit www.dot.ny.gov/i81opportunities

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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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