Rochester Inner Loop makes NY highways 'no future' list

Updated: 02/13/2014 6:36 AM
Created: 02/13/2014 3:37 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

Highways in three upstate New York cities have made a group's top 10 list of "Freeways Without Futures."

The Congress for New Urbanism says Buffalo's Skyway, Rochester's Inner Loop and Syracuse Interstate 81 are examples of highways doing significant damage to their cities and in need of replacement with more people-friendly options.

The group promotes "smart growth" and walkable communities as a way to revitalize cities and make them more livable while saving taxpayers billions of dollars in highway construction and upkeep.

The 1.4-mile-long Skyway bridge carries Route 5 over the Buffalo River, the Inner Loop is a circular downtown connector to Interstate 490 in Rochester and I-81 cuts through downtown Syracuse.

There's been discussion about tearing down the Skyway and elevated sections of I-81, while changes are planned for part of the Inner Loop.

News10NBC/WHEC-TV welcomes your opinion and interaction on our website, but please remember to keep it clean. If you're advertising for another business, being profane, vulgar or slanderous your post will be deleted. By commenting on this website, you agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Use. Comments are not pre-screened before they posted.

Wind Chill Advisory

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Chenango; Cortland; Madison; Northern Oneida; Onondaga; Otsego; Seneca; Southern Cayuga; Southern Oneida
Expires: 1/30/2015 5:00 PM

Wind Chill Advisory

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Broome; Chemung; Delaware; Schuyler; Steuben; Sullivan; Tioga; Tompkins; Yates
Expires: 1/31/2015 11:00 AM

Wind Chill Advisory

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Cattaraugus; Chautauqua; Southern Erie; Wyoming
Expires: 1/30/2015 10:00 AM

Winter Weather Advisory

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Northern Cayuga; Wayne
Expires: 1/30/2015 10:00 AM


17° | 7°
  • Feels like: 21° F
  • Wind: WNW 12mph
  • Humidity: 88%
  • Sat Mostly cloudy
    21° | 0°
  • Sun Mostly cloudy
    18° | 9°
  • Mon Snow showers early
    10° | 2°
  • Tue Cloudy
    18° | -2°