Every city along the Thruway now wants to tear down a highway.
In Albany, Interstate 787 separates the city from the Hudson River. Planners want to raze it to develop the waterfront. There’s no money in the pipeline, so the city’s been advised to “work around it.”
In Syracuse, the state is considering options for rehabbing the elevated Interstate 81, which dissects the city. One of the options is to tear it down and build an at-grade boulevard. None of the options are cheap, starting at a half billion dollars.
In Rochester, the city is waiting for federal funding to fill in the sunken Inner Loop. The city calls it a noose around the neck of downtown, cutting off neighborhoods. The Inner Loop isn’t well-traveled. The cost of the project is around $20 million.
In Buffalo, Rep. Brian Higgins wants to tear down the Skyway, which runs along the Outer Harbor. He says it’s a barrier to waterfront development. The state says it’s not a priority. The project would cost at least $100 million, but Higgins points out much of that money would be funneled into repairs of the current structure.
Links of the Day:
– New York State wants a bite of Apple. Industrial sites everywhere are salivating over the prospect of a chip manufacturing plant.
– Superintendent Bolgen Vargas wants to make schools more middle class. He asks how schools can put on a play with no music classes.
– Feeling yucky? Consider letting the University of Rochester study your germs.