Aug. 10 open house will focus on I-81 construction in Syracuse

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New York Construction Report staff writer

The New York Department of Transportation is hosting an open house prior to construction starting at the northern interchange of Interstates 81 and 481 in Syracuse. The event is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10 at North Syracuse Junior High School, 5353 W. Taft Road, North Syracuse.

Gov. Kathy Hochul, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and local officials broke ground on the project last week and crews have  started preparing the site to rebuild the interchange.

This is the first phase of a $2.25 billion project that will remove the elevated viaduct in Syracuse.

The construction contract, which includes adding lanes, installing noise barriers and other work along I-481 was awarded in January to Salt City Constructors for a $296 million cost

The plan is to redesign the interchange so drivers can connect from I-81 to I-481 at 65 mph rather than the slow off-ramps that exist now.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.

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