This Week’s Thursday Morning Roundtable: What’s the Latest on I-81?

Syracuse, N.Y. – Mark Frechette, director of the New York State Department of Transportation’s I-81 Viaduct Project, will discuss the project’s latest plans and impact during a Zoom public forum from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday hosted by Syracuse University’s Thursday Morning Roundtable.

NYSDOT is proposing to tear down a portion of I-81 that runs between downtown and the University Hill area, rerouting highway traffic around the city and onto a larger Interstate 481. A section of Interstate 690 in the heart of the city would also be rebuilt.

For more information about these plans, visit NYSDOT’s I-81 Viaduct Project webpage.

Now in its 56th season, Thursday Morning Roundtable features speakers who discuss current topics in Central New York and beyond. Following the forum, residents can use the chat function to ask questions and Emily Langan, community engagement coordinator for Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement, will moderate the Q&A session.

Here are the details:

What: Presentation from Mark Frechette, director of the New York State Department of Transportation’s I-81 Viaduct Project, hosted by Syracuse University’s Thursday Morning Roundtable.

When: 8-9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7.

Watch: To watch and participate in the forum through a Zoom webinar, please register in advance (after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the forum).

Past TMR Recordings: To watch past TMR Zoom public forums, visit the Syracuse University Office of Community Engagement channel.

Thursday Morning Roundtable (TMR) is sponsored by Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement. TMR brings together a mix of citizens representing business, nonprofit, educational, and government organizations to examine community issues. Since its inception in 1965, more than 1,600 programs have been delivered to TMR audiences. Listen to past TMR presentations through WCNY.