More than 50 years ago, Interstate 81 ripped through a working-class Black neighborhood in Syracuse. It displaced long-time residents and ensured that poverty, pollution, and a lack of resources would hurt the community that lived in the highway's shadow that still persists today.
Now a portion of I-81 is crumbling and the construction project to replace it could improve housing conditions, health outcomes, and economic and educational opportunity for all people in Syracuse.
Tell the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to right a historic wrong and build a better, more equitable future in Syracuse.
David Smith, DOT Regional Director