SYRACUSE, New York — State and local transportation officials are holding another in a series of public meeting on the future of Interstate 81 in Syracuse.
The state is considering several options for the highway, a portion of which is elevated as it bisects downtown Syracuse. Those proposals include upgrading the highway, rebuilding it along its current route or tearing it down, replacing it with a boulevard and diverting I-81 around the downtown area.
Supporters of that plan say removing the highway would help revitalize downtown Syracuse. Opponents say the plan would hurt businesses.
The Department of Transportation and the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council are holding the third open house on the I-81 corridor from 3:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Oncenter.
I-81 is central New York's major north-south interstate highway.