Message from Mayor Maughan

“The city is working to help all interested and affected parties to see that timing, cooperation, planning, and mutual vision are a big part of our city’s future health and well-being”

Construction seems to be everywhere in the city, and I know that can be frustrating. Road closures, detours, and alternate routes seem to catch you just when you are headed somewhere in a rush. It can be overwhelming.

The highway that has been planned for decades is currently an inconvenience at best, and a real pain sometimes. For some, it seems like poor planning that the project includes many associated traffic changes that complicate alternate routes. The reality is that plan completion and funding have come together at this time and the finished product necessitates all being finished together. One part without another would only cause problems and draw out our discomfort.

The city continues active planning around this change. When evaluating many examples across the state, nothing could be more important to the city’s future than getting the interchanges right. The city doesn’t control the road layout, but we have a lot of control of the surrounding properties through zoning. There are examples that should illustrate both the good and bad of planning around interchanges. Best land utilization, timing, and forethought are critical to our city’s future. As a city, we are working closely with UDOT, landowners, potential new businesses, and all interested parties. The city is working to help all interested and affected parties to see that timing, cooperation, planning, and mutual vision are a big part of our city’s future health and well-being.

The sacrifice and inconvenience of today can be the foundation of our future. The city is actively encouraging new business to consider areas around our interchange. The city continues to plan with UDOT to make sure the surplus lands will be available quickly following the project. In the past, surplus land was not available and prevented opportunities from going forward. In this case, UDOT is planning with us and is motivated to help Syracuse avoid the same challenges with this project. Continuous coordination has us teaming up rather than working completely apart from the other’s best interest.

It can be hard to remain calm when unexpected closures invite you to try new routes. It can be hard to endure patiently when a massive project this size can seem to be never-ending. Interruption of habits can be uncomfortable. If we can bear these difficult times, there is light on the horizon. This change has the potential to be a key part of a brighter future for Syracuse.

Dave Maughan
Syracuse City Mayor

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