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Community Grid Supporters Want to Get Voices Heard on I-81 Future

Supporters of the Community grid option for the future of Interstate 81 thorugh downtown Syracuse don’t feel like their voices are being heard. WAER’s Chris Bolt reports on a petition drive to try and get the ear of Albany on the crucial upcoming I-81 decision. The raised portion of I-81 through Syracuse – called the viaduct – has been the topic of much debate. Any consensus on the best option to replace it as it crumbles seems unlikely.

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Supporters of the Community grid option for the future of Interstate 81 thorugh downtown Syracuse don’t feel like their voices are being heard.  WAER’s Chris Bolt reports on a petition drive to try and get the ear of Albany on the crucial upcoming I-81 decision.

The raised portion of I-81 through Syracuse – called the viaduct – has been the topic of much debate.  Any consensus on the best option to replace it as it crumbles seems unlikely.


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