Public input sought for Interstate 90 Exit 31 interchange safety. What to know

The Herkimer Oneida County Transportation Council (HOCTC) is launching a study and website and holding a public meeting to improve the connectivity and safety of the Interstate 90 (I-90) Exit 31 Interchange and surrounding roadway network, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said Tuesday in a statement.

A public meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, in the Saranac Room of the Double Tree by Hilton located at 102 Lafayette Street in Utica.

Exit 31 is the gateway into North Utica, downtown Utica and the surrounding Mohawk Valley Region,” Picente said in a statement.

“This major interchange serves a unique blend of retail, commercial, light industrial, freight, entertainment, recreational and residential uses and is crucial to our local and regional connectivity. Conducting this study will allow us to develop design alternatives focused on improving that connectivity, addressing safety issues and promoting economic development.”

About the study

The I-90 Exit 31 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study is being undertaken by HOCTC in partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Region 2 and a Technical Advisory Group comprised of federal, state, regional and local transportation experts, Picente said.

The study will be developed through a collaborative planning process to clearly identify safety issues and develop proposed transportation solutions that will lay the foundation for the future redesign of I-90 Exit 31 Interchange and surrounding roadway network.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about the study and provide input that will help the project team better understand how the I-90 Exit 31 Interchange and surrounding roadway network is currently accessed by the community, existing safety issues and opportunities for improvement.

Website

HOCTC is also launching a new website for the I-90 Exit 31 PEL Study. The website can be accessed at www.Exit31PELStudy.org and provides information about the study, an interactive map allowing the public to identify safety issues and opportunities for improvement in and around the study area and an online comment form.

The study website will also be used to announce upcoming public events and other opportunities for public input.

The draft PEL Study Report is anticipated to be completed by Spring 2025. Following public review and comment, the study recommendations and report will be finalized by Summer 2025.

“Public input is essential to the I-90 Exit 31 PEL Study and will play a central role in the identification of safety and connectivity issues and proposed improvements,” said Oneida County Planning Commissioner James Genovese in a statement. “Several other opportunities will be made available for the public to participate in the planning process throughout 2024 and into 2025.”

This article originally appeared on Observer-Dispatch: Exit 31 interchange off Interstate 90 in New York is subject of study

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