How will Syracuse stimulate itself?

During the Great Depression, Syracuse saw major changes made possible through federal and state funding; will stimulus money be history repeating?

How? Not slowly, as two words came down from Washington D.C. through the state to city hall: "shovel ready."

Ken Mokrzycki, director of administration for the city of Syracuse, came before the Common Council this week to present the beginning of a plan. He said it is not only shovel ready, but also within a 120-day start. Washington wants to get this money into the economy fast.

And the money isn't just going to government, but also to private institutions such as SU, he said. And if we aren't ready, it will go to another state with projects ready to go.

According to City Hall these are the two transportation projects that are ready to go:

Dorwin Avenue Bridge over Onondaga Creek: This project involves the rehabilitation/replacement of the bridge superstructure (deck and supporting steel girder replacement). During construction, traffic will be maintained at the site by rehabilitating the bridge in stages allowing one-way traffic across the other portion of the bridge. Traffic flow will be controlled by temporary traffic signals. A city-owned water main and a National Grid gas main will also be replaced across the bridge. Total Stimulus Project cost is $1,415,000.

Creekwalk: Armory Square to Onondaga Lake: The goal of this project is to connect Armory Square to Onondaga Lake via a pedestrian and bicycle path along Onondaga Creek. A portion of the creekwalk exists in the Franklin Square area, and this project will complete the creekwalk between W. Jefferson Street and Onondaga Lake. Total Stimulus Project cost is $6,300,000.

Councilor Ryan McMahon asked if we had other projects shovel ready if other states don't meet the demands. City engineer Mary Robison said, "We do, its just the 120 days might be hard to meet."

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