Statement from U.S. Rep John Katko on Submission of Draft I-81 Plan to Federal Highway Administration

July 29, 2020
Press Release

SYRACUSE, NY— U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today released the following statement on the New York State Department of Transportation’s (NYSDOT) submission of the I-81 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

“I’m glad to see the NYSDOT taking the long-awaited step to formally submit the state’s draft I-81 plan to the Federal Highway Administration. This move allows our community to take the next step forward in a monumental project that will impact the City of Syracuse and the surrounding region for generations to come.

“Now, the Federal Highway Administration must immediately begin review of the state’s draft plan so that the public comment period may begin in a timely fashion. Once the public comment period commences, it will be essential that individuals, families, and businesses from across Central New York share their opinions so that our community’s voice is fully heard.  I held a series of town hall meetings on this topic, and I know that there are many valid and strong opinions about this project, and the impact it will have on different regions surrounding I-81 for years to come.  All of those voices must be heard by FHWA.

“As we move forward, I will continue my work in Congress and on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee to ensure the federal dollars are available for this critical project.  With the COVID-19 pandemic straining resources on our state and local governments, it is essential, now more than ever, that we deliver this funding.”