Mayor Walsh Says Community Grid Alternative is Imminent

Published on May 31, 2022

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh statement on the signing of the Record of Decision for the I-81 viaduct project:

“The Community Grid alternative is imminent with the signing of the formal Record of Decision for the Interstate 81 viaduct project. After years of planning, thorough review and extensive public input, we can be confident that the removal of the viaduct is the right choice for Syracuse and Central New York. At long last, we will remove the structure and begin to heal the scar it created across the heart of the city at the same time that we improve transportation for our city and region. I thank Governor Hochul for embracing the Community Grid and keeping this project moving forward. I am also grateful to Majority Leader Schumer and Senator Gillibrand for their consistent support of the Grid and for delivering the resources to complete this project. Through continued partnership at the local, state and federal level, we will strengthen communities and people’s lives.”

Read the New York State Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration Record of Decision for the Interstate 81 viaduct project below: