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Rethink81 Analyzes the Impact

  • A new elevated highway meeting all current federal standards would require property seizures and demolitions resulting in an annual tax loss to the city and county of about $1.6 million.

  • Replacing the viaduct with a street level option could free up seven acres of land for development currently controlled by the DOT.

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For more than half a century, the I-81 viaduct has divided Syracuse, separating downtown from University Hill while discouraging development in its shadow. ReThink81 believes we should seize the opportunity provided by the pending demolition of the aging viaduct. When it comes down it should stay down. We should explore new options to create a more efficient, vibrant and livable community. ReThink81 is committed to economic growth and improved accessibility throughout the Greater Syracuse area. Other cities have done it, we can too.

Let’s Reconnect Syracuse!