The state has money to spend and some of it could be used to make Griffiss Parkway four lanes wide through the entire business park. Griffiss Local Development Corp. is applying for funding through the state Department of Transportation’s Strategic Transportation Enhancement Program. . . .
"With the final completion of the Griffiss Veterans Memorial Parkway, access will be unencumbered into the park and allow for more parcels to be developed between Books Road and the Mohawk River bridge, an area that contains some of the most valuable real estate in the region but is relatively inaccessible without the project," says the GLDC document.In Utica, of course, we plan on spending money to choke Genesee St. down to two lanes. Sure traffic counts are down now, but choking access will ensure that downtown can never redevelop to its former density -- wasting infrastructure already in place.
How about the new $62 million Arterial in Utica. Worse than choking, Sunset Ave. will be entirely severed from both the Arterial and from itself. This not only REDUCES access to nearby parcels from the Arterial and Sunset, it makes Sunset Avenue useless as a thoroughfare for local traffic from S. Utica to the Brewery District.
We seem to be able to find funds to "unencumber" access in Rome, but cannot even maintain access in Utica across the Barnes Ave. Bridge. . . . or across Oriskany Blvd. along Whitesboro St. . . . or from State St. to Whitesboro St. making the now vacant land on Whitesboro St. behind the Aud difficult to reach.
The "Statewide Sustainability Team" should be ashamed of itself if it approves of this project in Rome while DOT projects and crumbling infrastructure continue to turn vast areas of Utica into hard-to-reach backwaters. Meanwhile EDGE, of which GLDC is a related entity, needs to be defunded for its continual focus on Rome while the county's principal city continues to decline.