Governor David Paterson and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced that the City and the State reached an agreement and are moving forward with the demolition of the building located at 921 North State Street in order to reopen Interstate 81.
The agreement establishes sharedresponsibilities in dealing with the removal of the threat to the highway and ensuring the safety ofmotorists on the Interstate. Work to begin preparing the site for demolition could begin as soon as Saturday morning.
"When Mayor Miner contacted me with this difficult situation, I committed to assist and partner with the
City by deploying the resources of the State Departments of Transportation, Environmental Conservation,
and Labor to help her resolve it," Governor Paterson said. "The State and City have been working closely
together to deal with this complicated and difficult situation that has taken a toll on motorists who depend
on the Interstate to commute and enjoy leisure activities in the heart of Syracuse. We will continue to
work together to get this highway opened, which we expect to happen next week."
"We've reached a fair agreement on a complex and
unprecedented issue that will allow for the building to be demolished and let us reopen route 81 as soon
as possible," Miner said.
Stanley Gee, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), said: "We are
pleased to have secured an agreement on behalf of the State of New York with the City of Syracuse so we
can get Interstate 81 opened soon. We made the difficult decision to close it when the building threatened
the safety of motorists, and safety continues to be our top priority. Steps to secure the property and begin
preparations for demolishing the building will begin promptly. Once the deteriorated building is no longer
a threat, we will reopen I-81 Northbound."