Syracuse, N.Y. – A New Jersey based engineering firm has written a letter to the state Department of Transportation outlining why one of the popular options in the I-81 project should be tossed out.
Master Consulting reports that replacing the viaduct with a boulevard would fail to support current and future traffic levels and should be “eliminated from consideration.”
“At first glance, the boulevard option may appear to be an appropriate alternative,” the letter stated. “However, we disagree and believe this option should be eliminated from consideration because on its face it fails to meet the purposes, goals and objectives of the Project and will not meet Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) standards for an interstate highway.”
The national firm wrote the letter on behalf of Save81.org, a group opposes specifically to the boulevard plan as a means of dealing with the aging portions of the highway in the city.
“These findings support what many area residents have long feared about a boulevard: that it will create a traffic nightmare with longer commutes and more frustration,” said spokesman and Salina Town Supervisor Mark Nicotra,. “We encourage residents concerned about the boulevard idea to tell the state to focus on I-81 options that will work for our entire community.”
The DOT will host a public meeting at the OnCenter Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m. There will be time for the public to make comments.