The official motto of Syracuse and Central New York. What to do about good ole Rt 81...a new boulevard configuration or...if it ain't broke don't fix it.
Frankly, by the time they even start to draw up the plans for this project, I'll be long gone (hopefully not the "the heart's stopped beating long gone). But for the poor souls who'll be around and have to live with whatever they decide to do, I'm still torn about this one. But I do think in terms of practicalities:
--Many modern, sophisticated cities have overhead highways that make it possible and more convenient not to have to stop....but...
--Why not mix it up? Change the dynamic! Downtown's been dying a slow death for years.
--Can interstates have stop signs/traffic lights? How does that affect Federal dollars? Can it still be an interstate?
--Imagine a big SU football or basketball game with fans trying to get to the Carrier Dome on a boulevard jammed with traffic.
--What about ambulances or emergency vehicles, cop cars trying to get to a destination through all that traffic!
I think Rt 81 through there now was a terrible plan, but I'm not sure about the workings of a boulevard either. As a CNY native and knowing what I know about how this area operates, I have a feeling they'll fix what needs to be fixed, widen up the road where it's needed and be done with it. After all..."If it ain't broke, don't change it!"
More on this topic this morning with me and Town of Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra at 7:50. He's with the Save81.org project.