I-81 Video Series

The I-81 Challenge planning study has concluded. The New York State Department of Transportation has initiated the environmental review process for the I-81 corridor; current information on the I-81 project can be found at www.i81opportunities.org.

One of the best ways to prepare for a meaningful dialogue about the future of I-81 is to inform yourself about the issues surrounding this project. To help on this front, SMTC has produced a two-part video series about I-81.


The Evolution of Transportation in the Syracuse Region

This video explores the historical context for the Syracuse region’s transportation infrastructure. The transportation system we know today was influenced by the location of the canals and railways of the past. Like many American cities, Syracuse’s infrastructure development was also impacted by national legislation and highway building trends. This presentation helps you understand the past so that we can set the groundwork for a future that fits our needs. Read more about the history of I-81 here.


Lessons Learned: Case Studies of Urban Freeways

This video presents case studies from other cities that have tackled similar infrastructure challenges. You can learn about the following outcomes from other cities:

  • Reconstructing a highway in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Burying a highway in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Depressing a highway in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Relocating a highway in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Removing a highway in San Francisco, California

Learning about these projects can inform you about The I-81 Challenge and help us explore the costs and benefits of various future options together. Read more about the case studies here.


Read White Paper #3

The SMTC publishes White Paper #3, which documents, describes, and synthesizes findings from The I-81 Challenge Public Participation Program from Fall 2011 until its conclusion in August 2013.   Read More

Find out what we heard at the May 2013 Public Meeting

The May 2013 Public Meeting Summary Report is now available.  Read More

Review the I-81 Corridor Study Report

Public comment period runs through July 8th.  Read More

Visit The I-81 Challenge Facebook page

The I-81 Challenge is on Facebook!  Read More

Read White Paper #2

White Paper #2 highlights community input to date.  Read More