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The formal record of decision for the Interstate 81 viaduct project in Syracuse has been signed, Gov. Kathy Hochul and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced Tuesday, meaning construction on the community grid project is now allowed to begin this fall.

“This is a new day for the City of Syracuse, one that’s been decades in the making and one that will change the trajectory of Central New York for generations,” Hochul said in a statement. “The I-81 Viaduct Project gives us an historic opportunity to correct an enduring injustice, and we are boldly embracing this opportunity so we can reconnect neighborhoods and revitalize Central New York communities.”

This comes after a 30-day review period since the final environmental impact statement for the $2.25 billion project was released to the public in mid-April — and after 16 years of discussions, planning, studies and meetings on the subject.

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