I-98 Supporters 'Concerned' About Transportation Commissioner's Remarks

MGN Online


Supporters of I-98 say they are "surprised and concerned" by New York State Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald's position that the rooftop highway is unlikely to be built.

Some St. Lawrence County officials have been lobbying for the rooftop highway as a way to improve the transportation network from Route 81 in Watertown to Route 87 near Plattsburgh.
But McDonald told an Albany public broadcasting station that, despite Governor Cuomo allocating $2.5 million for a study, previous traffic studies "didn't merit the investment" and the new study will look at other options for improvements.

"I know what the results of the last two studies showed is that the costs of building it and the volume of traffic did not meet the cost-benefit test," said McDonald.

County Industrial Development Agency member Don Peck tells 7 News that McDonald's comments are "of concern because we want more of an economic study done to see the possible impact rather than traffic, which has been done before."

See more of McDonald's interview

Sunday, December 11, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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