Cicero/Clay: Route 31 study continues

-A new I-81 interchange north of Route 31. Vitale said this option would attract some traffic away from the existing interchange in Cicero; however, travelers who now get off I-81 at Circle Drive would move to that exit, so there would be no reduction in traffic.

-A new I-81 interchange south of Route 31. This option decreases traffic around the Mattydale and Circle Drive areas, but has a negligible impact on Route 31.

-New road connections around the Clay commercial district, including Great Northern Mall and the surrounding area. This option would include the construction of side connective roads as well as upgrading VerPlank Road to bring it up to current design standards. This option decreases traffic around the COR Center and allows travelers to and from Brewerton and points north to access the Clay commercial area.

-New road connections around the Clay Industrial Park. This option would mostly benefit the industrial park itself, as it would construct connective side roads in the industrial area. It would also decrease traffic around the Clay/Cicero border and on Route 11 north of Route 31.

-Alternative land use. This option calls for no additional transportation infrastructure, but a different pattern of land use, with development being clustered in certain areas. It causes the greatest overall traffic decrease and satisfies most of the study's goals.

At Tuesday's meeting, attendees were asked to look at each option and vote as to whether they thought it was viable or not. They were also asked to comment on each option and to make other suggestions.

"Based on what they say, we'll go back and do more evaluations," Vitale said. "Then we'll present a preliminary recommendation at our next public meeting, which should happen this summer."

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