Report Finds I-81 Tunnel 'Feasible,' But Expensive

Syracuse, N.Y. - The State DOT has released a study about the feasibility of a tunnel to replace I-81.

The study considered two depressed highway options and seven tunnel options. The consultant for the study, WSP, concluded that both options for depressed highways were unfeasible.  While a tunnel option would be technically feasible, it would cost between $3 and 4.5 billion and could take a decade to build.  There would also need to be several parcel acquisitions to conduct a tunnel project. 

Officials with the DOT will review the findings before making their recommendation.

The complete 264 page Feasibility Study Report can be read here.

PhotoCred: NYS DOT/WSP Consultants 

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