Motorists in Syracuse wanting to get to the airport have to convert their vehicles into a “street jumper.” Call it a grounded version of the airborne “puddle jumper.”
Currently there is a missing portion of highway between I-690 and I-81 in New York. Those wanting to get to the Syracuse Hancock International Airport take I-690 east before being diverted on to city streets on their way to I-81 north.
The New York State Department of Transportation seems ready to fill the gap, and offered up six alternatives—three that call for a new viaduct and three for a street-level option—that are being considered. The I-81 project also will include work on existing ramps and reconfiguring the West Street interchange with I-690.
New York State Sen. John DeFrancisco also would like a tunneling option to be considered. DeFrancisco said a tube with a boulevard running above it would knock down an existing viaduct and offer motorist a fast track through the city.
“Those people who want a north-south thoroughfare and those people who want the boulevard and the viaduct gone should be pleased with this,” he said. “I think it’s a reasonable compromise.”
The NYSDOT is still in the beginning phases of the I-81 project, and still has not produced data on traffic in the area.