Welcome to The I-81 Challenge virtual public meeting!

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC) appreciate your interest in the Interstate 81 (I-81) corridor in the Syracuse area. We look forward to you continuing to be involved as we develop a comprehensive plan for improvements to the highway. This meeting presents the results of a three-year study of a 12-mile local section of the I-81 corridor for your review, along with information about the next steps in the process.

I-81 was built in the 1950s and 1960s and needs to be upgraded. That gives this region and NYSDOT many opportunities as we develop ideas for highway improvements and conduct a comprehensive environmental review. Public participation has been critical to the corridor study and will continue to have a tremendous role as we work to identify the community's transportation needs, enhance sustainability and environmental stewardship, and encourage creative and innovative financing for this important effort.

We've designed this "virtual" meeting to replicate the information and opportunities to provide feedback and input that were available at our in-person meeting on May 21, 2013.

The main goals of this virtual meeting are to:

  • Bring you up-to-date on the corridor study, known as The I-81 Challenge, by showing you what we have been working on since our last general public information meeting in May 2012.
  • Let you know what we have learned so far, and explain what you can expect from us in the future.
  • Present and get your thoughts on:
    • the process used to develop and refine five possible strategies for the future of I-81;
    • the next steps in planning for the future of I-81; and
    • potential transit improvement strategies for our region.

There are information stations about the corridor study throughout this site. We hope you will visit them to:

  • Review the corridor study work completed since last year's meeting
  • Review the findings from public workshops held last year
  • Make comments about the information.

Please help us spread the word about this virtual meeting site to other members of our community who were not able to attend our May 21 meeting.

We know that your time is valuable, and we have done our best to make this meeting informative and participatory. We look forward to your comments about the study and the opportunities before us. Thank you for your participation.


James D'Agostino, Director
Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council

Carl F. Ford, P.E., Regional Director
New York State Department of Transportation

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