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Syracuse awarded $180M+ for I-81 Viaduct Project

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) –Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced on March 11 that $180,010,000 will be going towards the I-81 viaduct.

The award — that’s going to the NYSDOT and the City of Syracuse — will be the first in the nation from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Neighborhood Access and Equity Program.

Of the $180 million, around $150 million will go to the NYSDOT and the other $30 million will go to the City of Syracuse to help fund the Community Grid.

Schumer’s Office says the money (from both the NYSDOT and the city) will go towards:

  • Transportation infrastructure
    • 15th Ward and the northside will have new streets
  • New lighting, parks, greenery
  • Bike paths, sidewalks
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Enhance parks and greenspaces
  • Create new community destinations in the neighborhoods closest to and most severely impacted by the I-81 Viaduct
  • New sewers and utilities

“New pedestrian and bicycle paths will allow walkers and bikers to safely traverse roads and bridges connecting the northside to Syracuse’s inner harbor, opening up a much-desired transportation avenue that enhances access for residents in one of Syracuse’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods,” said Schumer’s Office. “Funding will also be used to enhance the existing parks and greenspaces that Syracuse families enjoy like Wilson Park, reseeding existing playing fields and adding new basketball courts, a splash pad, bleachers, benches, shade trees and drinking fountains. In addition, this award will support new destinations for community members to enjoy, including a new “Linear Park” greenway connecting Roesler and Wilson parks, the new Lodi overlook with expansive views of Onondaga Lake and the surrounding region, a new “Canal District” and more.”

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