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  • DOT’s $2B I-81 proposal, decade in making, names end date. Wait for it...

    08/07/2019 9:31:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | July 11, 2019 | Teri Weaver
    Syracuse, N.Y. – The discussion and analysis about the future of Interstate 81 has gone on for a decade. When will the $2 billion project be done? Well, we may be nearly halfway there. One estimated end date is 2030. That’s from a two-sentence section within the 15,000-page draft environmental report that the state released in late April, according to a review by syracuse.com | The Post-Standard. “Year 2020 was the year of estimated time of completion when the analysis was started a few years ago. However, due to schedule changes, the estimated time of completion is projected to be...
  • The Highway Was Supposed to Save This City. Can Tearing It Down Fix the Sins of the Past?

    08/07/2019 9:20:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | July 30, 2019 | Aaron Gordon
    Helen Hudson will tell you what the 15th Ward was like when she was a girl. In the 1950s and early ’60s, the Syracuse neighborhood was home to thousands of predominantly black residents who had settled in the growing upstate New York city during and after the Great Migration. Those who remember it, like Hudson, describe it as thriving, self-sufficient community they were proud to call home. “Oh my god, the things we had,” she said recently, her voice softening with the distinct twang of nostalgia. “We had two bowling alleys. We had meat markets.” Charlie Pierce-El will tell you...
  • 'Wasteful and pointless': Watchdog lists 'biggest boondoggles' to ease highway gridlock

    07/06/2019 4:07:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2019 | Dan Boylan
    A public interest advocacy group has identified the country’s “most wasteful and pointless” transportation projects, which are costing taxpayers $25 billion. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) cites among “the biggest boondoggles” a $2.2 billion widening of Interstate 81 in Virginia, a $7 billion interstate project in Houston and a $802 million “Connecting Miami” redesign of city highways. According to PIRG, widening highways to reduce gridlock fails for several reasons. Multiple studies show that more road space over time leads to further congestion because of a phenomenon called “induced demand.” “We’re stuck in a car-centric rut in the United...
  • Some construction projects in Syracuse overwhelmingly white, male, report finds

    03/28/2019 10:04:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    WRVO ^ | March 18, 2019 | Tom Magnarelli
    White, suburban men are reaping the benefits of public construction projects in the Syracuse area, despite the city's demographics, according to a new report. Advocacy groups are sounding the alarm, before a decision is made regarding the future of the Interstate-81 viaduct in Syracuse. The I-81 project is expected to be a massive undertaking with the potential to create lots of jobs for local residents. Andrew Croom, staff attorney with Legal Services of Central New York, which issued the report with the Urban Jobs Task Force, said they reviewed the payroll records for five construction projects in the Syracuse area,...
  • Governor Northam announces amendments to fund $2 billion I-81 improvement plan

    03/28/2019 8:04:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    News Radio WINA ^ | March 28, 2019 | Press Release
    SALEM—Governor Ralph Northam today announced amendments to Senate Bill 1716 and House Bill 2718, legislation passed by the General Assembly providing $151 million in dedicated funding for the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan. The amendments would ensure that the $2 billion program approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) in December 2018 is implemented, while also generating critical revenue for interstates across the Commonwealth. The amendments create equity in transportation funding by bringing Virginia’s truck registration fees, and diesel and road tax rates more in line with those of the other states along the 855-mile I-81 corridor. The funding mechanisms...
  • Legislators delay decision on funding I-81 improvements

    03/27/2019 8:08:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Potomac Local ^ | March 5, 2019 | Kathleen Shaw, Capital News Service
    RICHMOND — Interstate 81’s heart pumps through rural Virginia with veins that run from Tennessee to the Canadian border — a vital roadway for manufacturers, farmers and commuters. With a long track record of crashes and congestion, Virginians looked to legislators for solutions to improving the interstate. But Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, said the General Assembly passed only “a shell of a bill.” At the beginning of the session, Gov. Ralph Northam met with legislators to announce bipartisan support for finding a revenue source for improvements to Virginia’s 325-mile stretch of I-81, which accounts for 42 percent of statewide interstate...
  • Frederick [County, Virginia] concerned it may not get I-81 fixes it needs

    11/21/2018 10:44:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Winchester Star ^ | October 23, 2018 | Josh Janney
    WINCHESTER — The Frederick County Transportation Committee on Monday expressed concerns that the county may not get the Interstate 81 improvements it needs to reduce traffic congestion and accidents. The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation are studying the entire length of the I-81 corridor in the Virginia, as directed by the General Assembly, to identify changes that will reduce traffic backups and crashes as well as find the funding to make those changes. The I-81 study team identified 105 projects — valued at $4.25 billion —...
  • If 'community grid' replaces Interstate 81 in Syracuse, what will happen to the land?

    11/21/2018 8:29:54 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | November 12, 2018 | Patrick Lohmann
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- If a "community grid" is chosen to replace Interstate 81 in downtown Syracuse, what will happen to the land that's now under the aging viaduct's shadow? Whether it will be turned into green space or developed commercially is still an open question, according to city and state officials. A group of local architects is hoping to force the issue. The local chapter of the American Institute of Architects estimated in a recent paper that 18.6 acres of land will be made available if the 1.4-mile elevated highway is taken down. Taking the viaduct down and beefing up...
  • Kirsten Gillibrand: Interstate 81 grid would help revitalize Syracuse

    11/16/2018 11:56:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | October 22, 2018 | Mark Weiner
    U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday said she will support the construction of a street-level community grid to replace the elevated portion of Interstate 81 in Syracuse.Until now, Gillibrand declined to take a position on the issue, saying it was up to Central New Yorkers to choose the best option for replacing the 1.4-mile viaduct that cuts through the heart of Syracuse.Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said during a visit to Syracuse on Monday that she decided to speak out after discussions with community stakeholders who favor the grid over a tunnel or new elevated highway."Given where the stakeholders are -- and given what...
  • Where New York stands on 5 big transportation projects

    05/09/2018 7:55:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    City & State ^ | April 29, 2018 | Rebecca C. Lewis
    Getting from point A to point B should, theoretically, be a relatively simple task. But in order to travel, the transportation infrastructure needs to be in place and up to par. Across the state, major projects are underway to repair and update that infrastructure so that New Yorkers can get where they need to go – whether that’s through the air, over land or over water. Though some may be on track to be completed while others wallow in planning, here are five major projects underway that should make it easier for New Yorkers to get around.Gov. Mario M. Cuomo...
  • Small trucking companies worry about the possibility of I-81 tolls

    05/08/2018 11:17:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    WHSV 3 ^ | April 19, 2018 | Monica Casey
    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Lawmakers are searching for a solution to traffic and accidents on Interstate 81. One bill introduced by Senator Mark Obenshain proposes conducting a study of the effects of adding tolls for long haul trucks. The money from the tolls would go toward improving the interstate through Virginia. Senate Bill 971 passed the Virginia Senate unanimously, passed the House on a 95-3 vote with an amendment by Del. Tony Wilt, and then was agreed upon by both chambers. On April 4, Governor Ralph Northam signed the bill into law. The Virginia Department of Transportation has reported...
  • Cold doesn't freeze out progress on I-81

    02/15/2018 11:00:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | January 17, 2018 | Mike Lewis
    MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The widening of Interstate 81 from West Virginia into Maryland remains on track to be finished in 2020. "Work is still continuing in the cold," Stephen Bucy said Wednesday. Bucy, an engineer with the Maryland Department of Transportation, reported on the project and other Interstate 81 work Wednesday afternoon during a meeting of the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization's Interstate Council in Martinsburg. The current I-81 work is widening the highway from two to three lanes in each direction from about U.S. 11 (Exit 23) in West Virginia across the Potomac River to Md. 63/68 (Exit 1)...
  • Leaders unsure of infrastructure impact on Valley

    02/15/2018 10:08:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Waynesboro News Virginian ^ | February 12, 2018 | Bob Stuart
    WAYNESBORO — President Trump's national infrastructure plan announced Monday that calls for a $1.5 trillion investment in roads, bridges and the rest of America's crumbling infrastructure, provides for about $200 billion in federal funds. The remainder of dollars would have to come from state, local and private sources. For the Shenandoah Valley, the good infrastructure plan news includes funding to help with the maintenance backlog in the national parks, including Shenandoah National Park, where there is a $56 million maintenance backlog. However, a couple of local government officials and one of Virginia's U.S. senators interviewed expressed doubt about the trickle...
  • Virginia lawmakers ask Congress to take action on Interstate 81

    02/15/2018 7:50:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    CBS 19 News ^ | January 26, 2018 | Caleb Stewart
    HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A group of 16 Virginia lawmakers has penned a letter to Virginia's Congressional Delegation (comprised of Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Representatives Bob Goodlatte, Barbara Comstock, and Morgan Griffith) asking for federal assistance to improve Interstate 81. The interstate has long been a source of frustration for people in the Shenandoah Valley, with the Virginia Department of Transportation reporting at least a 12-percent increase in traffic in just the past five years and a 55-percent increase of delays from crashes, construction, or bad weather. In 2014, Delegate Steve Landes introduced a state budget item...
  • Trump budget would cut roads fund that would pay for I-81 in Syracuse, Schumer says

    02/15/2018 1:07:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | February 13, 2018 | Mark Weiner
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's $4.4 trillion budget plan would slash funding for interstate highways, jeopardizing New York's plan to transform a stretch of Interstate 81 in Syracuse in the next decade, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday. The plan unveiled Monday by the White House would cut the federal Highway Trust Fund by $122 billion over 10 years, drying up the main source of federal aid to the states for road projects and mass transit. Schumer said such a deep cut would make it more difficult for New York state to compete for federal money to demolish the elevated...
  • Crashes double on Exit 14 around construction projects (I-81, Abingdon, Virginia)

    12/21/2017 4:02:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    SWVA Today ^ | December 19, 2017 | Zach Irby
    ABINGDON, Va. — Crashes in the construction zone around Interstate 81’s Exit 14 in Abingdon more than doubled between 2015, the year before the project started, and 2017, according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. There were 67 crashes reported between Exits 10 and 17 in 2017, while the number of crashes in that stretch was 36 in 2015, according to the DMV. There were 72 crashes in 2016, the year the project began. Between Dec. 8-10, there were two accidents on that stretch of highway, including a one-vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality and a tractor-trailer that...
  • Experts see few reasons to proceed with Interstate 81 tunnel option

    12/11/2017 4:43:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | December 8, 2017 | Mark Weiner
    A $2 million study on replacing part of Interstate 81 in Syracuse with a tunnel supports what national transportation experts say they have known for years: Tunnels usually are a bad idea.While an I-81 tunnel would be technically feasible, it would be difficult to justify the cost of up to $4.5 billion at a time when few publicly-financed tunnel projects are moving forward, according to four transportation policy experts interviewed by syracuse.com.The few highway tunnel projects approved in recent years have been expensive mega projects, often plagued by delays and cost overruns that have drawn public criticism, the experts said.New York...
  • Maryland renews effort to get federal money for I-81

    11/09/2017 1:12:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | November 8, 2017 | Mike Lewis
    Maryland has submitted another grant application seeking federal money to help widen part of Interstate 81. The application will face a little less competition, because another Maryland project was withdrawn. "I feel pretty good (about the application) for a couple of reasons. ... We're a large project that's not looking for a lot of money in a rural area," Matt Mullenax, executive director of the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization, said Monday. The $81.9 million project would extend the widening of I-81 to six lanes from Williamsport to Interstate 70. Mullenax said the Maryland Department of Transportation plans to fund...
  • Local politicians use Interstate 81 rally to rail against New York state officials

    11/02/2017 6:46:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Daily Orange ^ | October 11, 2017 | Sam Ogozalek
    A rally in support of a replacement option for a stretch of Interstate 81 served as a platform for city mayoral candidates and local politicians to rail against New York state officials Tuesday. The rally, held in Hanover Square, was organized by ReThink81, a local group that supports a $1.3 billion replacement option for the “viaduct,” a raised section of I-81 that bisects Syracuse. At one point during the event, Common Council President Van Robinson hefted a sledgehammer into the air, saying he wanted to tear down the highway: “I hated it from the first time I came to this...
  • KPD: Woman clocked at 115 mph with kids in car

    08/10/2017 8:18:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Kingsport Times-News ^ | August 5, 2017 | Rain Smith
    KINGSPORT — A Greeneville woman has been arrested after allegedly zooming through Interstate 81 traffic at 115 mph while hauling a 16-year-old and toddler as passengers. According to an affidavit filed in Kingsport General Sessions Court, Britanni N. Starnes, 20, is charged with reckless endangerment and speeding. The incident occurred Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. A Kingsport officer near mile marker 56 spotted a 2010 Nissan Versa speeding in the northbound lanes. Radar reportedly confirmed the vehicle was traveling at 115 mph. After being pulled over, Starnes claimed she was rushing to the hospital, where her brother was being treated for...