What next, I-81?

D'Agostino said their voice would have to be heard in this and that part of the corridor study is the economic study.

"We understand transportation, but we don't always understand the economic impacts," he said implying they need area businesses to give their input.

After taking a number of questions from the county facilities board members, Chairman of the County Legislator Bill Meyers (R-Cicero, Manlius) said that all the committee's questions are really identical to ours, so we are on the same page.

He noted that roads have a certain life span and there are a whole lot more people who live in Clay and Cicero now. But the process needs to encompass those who live in Central Square to those in La Fayette and everyone in between.

The SMTC said they will use a technical project titled, The I-81 Travel Demand Modeling Project, which will use computer simulation to see how future options affect the transportation network.

"Clay and LaFayette and also people downtown are going to have different points of view," D'Agostino said. "Things will pop up that nobody could have thought of, and then budget is a big part."

The federal money comes out in 2009. The project will need CNY representation in Albany and also Washington, DC.

When Meyers was asked if he thought a two-year planning period was too long, he said, he originally thought it was, but now he thinks it is necessary as he had one set of thoughts initially and has since changed his opinion as he has spoken to different groups on the subject.

The end result of the meeting is that the planners are taking a transparent approach and they want input from all who roll on the current I-81 corridor from as far south as the Brighton exit in the city to the Route 481 North interchange.

For more information go to thei81challenge.org/projects.asp.

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