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Project Recommendations for the I-81 Viaduct Project

Our project recommendations for the I-81 Viaduct Project are below, along with addenda and endorsements. We will continue to update the endorsements page of the document as additional endorsements come in. If we publish additional addenda, we’ll add those here, too.

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Contact with the subject “I-81 Viaduct Project” to connect with us and/or support our work on this issue. The project manager is Baxter Hankin.

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Our Project Recommendations:

Major Endorsements as of 1/29/2024

SUNY ESF: Based in the city of Syracuse, this is one of the nation’s premier colleges focused on the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable future. The university’s endorsement letter is available for download at the link below.

Syracuse Parks Conservancy: The mission of the Syracuse Parks Conservancy is to ensure that all Syracuse parks, public lands and their habitats are sustainably protected, restored, enhanced and developed for the educational, recreational and wellness uses of our citizens and their guests.

Erie Canal Museum: The Erie Canal Museum, located in Downtown Syracuse, NY, engages the public in the story of the Erie Canal’s transformative impacts on peoples and places in the past, present, and future.

David Haas: Executive Director, Sarah’s Guest House.

Wildflowers Armory: A multi-vendor marketplace in Downtown Syracuse, for local makers, artists and creators.

Mighty Oaks Student Association: The representative voice and student government for the undergraduate student body at SUNY ESF.

Michael Greene: Syracuse Common Councilor At-Large, President Pro-Tempore.

Candlelight Collective: A Syracuse-based coalition of artists and musicians.

Note: Since securing endorsements, publishing this webpage, and publishing this document, the term “public comment” has been changed to “project recommendations” in all locations without any other substantive alterations to the project materials.

Highest-Priority Recommendations

We’ve also shared the document below with NYSDOT, which details the highest-priority items from our Project Recommendations document.