Background Research

Case Studies of Urban Freeways for The I-81 Challenge

This report examines the challenges faced by other cities and regions with urban freeways. Eleven completed projects and eight projects in the planning or design stage are included in the report. Among the completed projects, five outcomes were common: reconstruction/new construction, burying, depressing, relocating, or removing the highway. The report also reviewed existing at-grade and elevated highways in the planning and design stages.

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Come to a public workshop

SMTC and the NYSDOT will be holding the first round of public workshops in early May.  Read More

I-81 Video Series

Check out our new video series about the history of I-81 and other urban highway projects across the US.  Read More

New Blog launched

SMTC launches Blog as another way to reach out to and inform the community about the latest project updates.   Read More

What do we know about I-81?

NYSDOT publishes the first major technical document of The I-81 Challenge, which analyzes existing physical conditions in the I-81 corridor.  Read More

Visit The I-81 Challenge Facebook page

The I-81 Challenge is now on Facebook. Don't forget to check out the Facebook event page for the upcoming public workshops.  Read More