That is the cry of the Onondaga Citizens League about Interstate 81 in downtown Syracuse. Built in the 1960s, the aging viaduct is nearing the end of its lifespan, begging the question, do we repair it for $100 million or tear it down and build something else? Supporters of the demolition plan cite Milwaukee’s 2002 removal of the Park Freeway spur leading east from Interstate 43. That freeway, constructed in 1969 as a viaduct, was removed at a cost of $45 million and replaced with a new surface boulevard. Following the work, some development replaced adjacent parking lots and industrial lots as land values increased by some 180 percent.
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