Tear Down the Structural Racism of I-81
More than 50 years ago, the Interstate 81 Viaduct 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.
Removing the I-81 Viaduct is a step in the right direction - but there is more work to be done to right a historic wrong and build a better, more equitable future in Syracuse.
The New York State Department of Transportation released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement on July 16, 2021. This document represents the DOT’s current plan for how to replace the viaduct. The public now has a chance to weigh in and influence the DOT’s final replacement plan.
With only days to submit a comment from the release of the draft, we must act now! Submit a comment below.
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