Improvements for the I-81 Viaduct in Syracuse
New York State Department of Transportation
AKRF is the lead environmental consultant for the I-81 Viaduct project in Syracuse, NY, coordinating the environmental review process—including preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)—and providing management and strategy planning support.
The project addresses safety and structural concerns, infrastructure and mobility improvements, sustainability and economic vitality, and long-range planning efforts for this critical regional and local transportation corridor.
Built in the 1960s, the I-81 Viaduct is in need of extensive repairs or replacement. Winding through downtown Syracuse—an area densely packed with residential, commercial, educational, and healthcare uses—this prominent elevated feature also influences the livability, sustainability, and economic vitality of the city. Given the project’s urban setting, key environmental considerations include social and economic conditions, historic resources, traffic, air quality, noise, and environmental justice.
While meeting the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), AKRF planners, real estate, and economic development specialists are evaluating quality of life and economic factors as key features of the project, along with the safety and mobility functions of the highway.
AKRF is coordinating the work of sub-consultants as well as providing input and support to the prime consultant for engineering and public involvement activities. AKRF also plays a key role in discussions regarding streamlining and alternatives development.