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I-81 public comment period extended, Rep. John Katko says | Politics

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The state Department of Transportation held four information sessions — two in-person and two virtual — on the project. The agency is also holding neighborhood meetings in Syracuse and surrounding towns. 

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A final decision will be made in early 2022, but the department has identified the community grid as its preferred alternative. The $2 billion project would tear down the I-81 viaduct and make street-level improvements. A business loop would be created through the city and Interstate 481 would be redesignated as I-81. 

There are two other alternatives under consideration — a no-build option and reconstructing the elevated highway. Other ideas, such as a depressed highway or tunnel, have…

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