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On May 9, 2012, the SMTC and the NYSDOT hosted a public meeting for The I-81 Challenge. Over 480 people participated in the in-person public meeting, and over 250 people participated in the virtual meeting through the project website. The feedback and key findings from this public meeting have been summarized in the May 2012 Public Meeting Summary Report, now available on the project website. At the public meeting, participants were able to review materials from the f...

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the public meeting for The I-81 Challenge on May 9th. Nearly 500 members of the Central New York community joined us to provide comments, concerns, and ideas about the future of I-81. If you were unable to attend, you can still participate online with our virtual meeting. The virtual meeting is designed to replicate the in-person meeting, and it is open 24/7. You’ll find the same opportunities for comments and interactiv...

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The Public Participation Program for The I-81 Challenge has allowed us to gather feedback from the public through: - Meetings with the three committees involved in The I-81 Challenge - The Study Advisory Committee - The Community Liaison Committee - The Municipal Liaison Committee - Focus groups - Two questionnaires - First series of public workshops - Outreach to populations with Limited English Proficiency - Small group community meetings How does all this input fit...

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I-95_by Flickr user HGruber

On February 23rd, The Academy of Natural Sciences Center for Environmental Policy hosted a “Re-imagining Urban Highways” conference in Philadelphia. The event featured panelists from the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance, the City of Providence, and representatives from the Next American City. The panel discussed highway removal projects across the country and explored ideas for mitigating the impacts of highways in Philadelphia and the »

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Doyle Drive serves as a vital south access road to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA. The road was originally built in 1936. After years of heavy use it is now structurally and seismically deficient and must be replaced. The Presidio Parkway Project will replace Doyle Drive and dramatically change the corridor. The first phase of the project is already underway. It involves the construction of: -          The Presidio Viaduct »

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BQE1-articleLarge-v2_by Liz Robbins for NY Times

Without funding for a reconstruction project, repairs will continue on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway for the foreseeable future. Photo by Liz Robbins for NY Times

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North Claiborne Ave_NOLA_via Times-Picayune

The Times-Picayune in New Orleans posted a story and image gallery describing the impact of the Interstate Highway system on New Orleans. Click here to read the article. Photo by Times-Picayune

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McGrath_via Flickr by Meredith Small

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has partnered with the City of Somerville, MA on a planning study to help determine the future of the Route 28 corridor. This study, called “Grounding McGrath” responds to a number of issues impacting the corridor: -  The aging Route 28 McCarthy Overpass will require significant repairs in the future -  Extension of the MBTA Green Line, along with other substantial planning efforts, will »

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Atlantic_Highway Removals_by Reuters

In a recent article titled The Tricky Second Wave of Urban Highway Removals, The Atlantic takes a look at highway removal projects across the country and notes the “culture clash” that is often revealed in debates about the future of elevated highways in American cities. Photo by Reuters

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Recently, Seattle drivers experienced the first actual traffic revision associated with the Alaskan Way Viaduct tunnel project. To keep traffic moving, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is building a two-way detour underneath the viaduct. Photo by WSDOT

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Gowanus Expressway_by Timmy Caldwell via Flickr Creative Commons

In late November, the New York Post reported that state and federal officials planned to abandon efforts to modernize aging stretches of the Brooklyn-Queens and Gowanus expressways, both part of Interstate 278. Weeks later, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz issued a letter urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to reinstate the canceled Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) and get the projects back on track. While efforts will continue to make sure »

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In a recent Year In Review list, the Syracuse New Times considers The I-81 Challenge as an interesting news item from 2011. The New Times encourages readers to participate in this important decision-making process about the future of I-81. Visit our website to learn more about what has been happening with The I-81 Challenge, and to see how you can stay involved in the future. Photo via Syracuse New Times Year In Review.

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