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“Rethinking I-81” – OCL’s Study Blog

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SEATTLE’S ALASKAN WAY VIADUCT – Part I The future of an earthquake-damaged viaduct remains undecided How do you replace an unsafe elevated highway when no one likes the alternatives? That problem has been plaguing the city of Seattle. In 2001 an earthquake damaged the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a 1.4 mile section of Highway 99 that... Read more »

“Rethinking I-81” – OCL’s Study Blog

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Buffalo’s Outer Harbor Expressway Post #6 Earlier this month Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and three other groups filed motions in an earlier lawsuit in US District Court in Buffalo to require the New York State Department of Transportation to modify its construction plan for Route 5 between the Outer Harbor and downtown Buffalo.  Riverkeeper and its... Read more »

“Rethinking I-81” – OCL’s Study Blog

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Milwaukee’s Park East Freeway Removal   In 1971, the first section of Milwaukee’s Park East Freeway, connecting I-43 to downtown, was complete, and a block-wide swath of houses and businesses had been cleared to make way for continuation of the freeway to the lakefront.  But neighborhood and environmental activists created sufficient opposition to stop construction... Read more »

“Rethinking I-81” – OCL’s Study Blog

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Post #4 CREATING AN URBAN MOBILITY PLAN The issue of the redesign of the Route 81-Almond Street corridor is especially important because of its potential to strengthen the connection between downtown and the University Hill area, where the educational and medical institutions are expanding and planning further growth. These institutions will not only transform the Hill, they have... Read more »

“Rethinking I-81” – OCL’s Study Blog

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Post #3 PUTTING IT IN PERSPECTIVE II (Based on presentation to OCL by Dennis Connors, history curator, Onondaga Historical Association) How the Interstate Highway System Divided Syracuse It’s ironic that a city that was so vocal and concerned in 1927 about the possibility of an elevated railroad line creating a hostile barrier could allow one... Read more »