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Thu March 6, 2014
This Week's 'New York NOW' Poll Question
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Does New York need a “rooftop highway” in the North Country?
Your comments on a rooftop highway:
No. We can't draw enough 2100 century business to areas of the state that have Interstate access already. Why in Gods' name would we want to float billions of dollars in bonds we would be paying off for the next 20 years to build an Interstate to nowhere. -M.C., Huskie Riparius
Yes. This is the only section of US 11 that has yet to be paralleled by an Interstate. It is also one of the poorest regions of the country. That's not a coincidence. -Anonymous
No. Interstates have killed communities in the name of traffic. At a point where we have dismantled them in other areas, why would we want to construct a new one? Maybe truck bypasses would help, but in no way does moving all traffic from Rt 11 to I-98 solve the problem. It just makes it easier to leave and avoid. -Anonymous
No. NY does need a better trip than current 11 but the choice may mean a more cost effective expanding sidings or a dedicated semi only bypass lane & not a full blown expensive RoofTop White Elephant. -Bob, Albany
Yes. I'm originally from St. Lawrence county and the chances I'll move back to the area are very slim due to the lack of employment opportunities there. I've been told by business owners who are not from the area that starting a business there just isn't viable due to travel restrictions. A 70 mile trip to Potsdam from Watertown should take an hour, but currently on route 11 that drive can be 90 minutes to two hours. Let alone continuing on to Malone or Plattsburgh. -Anonymous
No. The continuing discussion of a concept that isn't even on the drawing board only serves to stalemate and prevent other more affordable solutions from going forward. The estimated cost of building a new interstate highway across the region in 2002 was 4 billion dollars. The cost of concrete alone has more than doubled since that estimate. 8 billion? 10 billion?. There is absolutely no evidence that such a highway would change the economy one way or the other. That's because the reasons for our declining economy have nothing to do with the highway system. It has to do with economic and demographic trends across the entire Northern tier of the United States and with global markets and economics. This is a pure pork barrel boondoggle. -John D., Canton
No. It will be another I-88, bypassing towns and killing local communities. -Anonymous
Yes. The majority of the Canadian populace and business is right across the border. The potential for economic growth is extensive if transportation was easier. -Steve P., Canton
No. At this time we would benefit more from by-passes around many towns to allow large truck traffic an alternative to make their trip quicker and more efficient. If that helps to bring in more business and industry then a rooftop highway should be explored. -Mary H., Hammond
Yes, but MUCH MORE. We need PUBLIC TRANSIT for that highway, not just those now and then NYSARC things. I'm from Boston, and there was never a problem getting anywhere. No one needed a car. If you are going to proceed this new Interstate, make sure you have a public bus that stops in towns along the way. We who do not have cars, or cannot drive MUST insist on this security before we will EVER vote for the highway. -Kit H., Potsdam
Yes. The faster a company can get their goods to market the better off everyone will be. -David P., Chazy
No. Instead of wasting tax dollars to build a new road, use that money to fix and expand the current one. -Luciano C., Gouverneur
Yes. Infrastructure is the life blood of a region. In order to keep New York strong and healthy all areas of the state must be easily interconnected. -Pat D., Coxsackie
No. A waste of taxpayer money, wake up and smell the roses people. -Ernie G., Hastings on Hudson
No. The last thing NY needs is for potential customers to be diverted away from downtowns and their businesses. Just look at what the Northway did on the east side of the Adirondacks. -Brian F., Glens Falls
Yes. All of the area in northern New York has been suffering economically for years. A connecting east-west highway would be a vital part to spur the economy. -Anonymous
Yes. A great area that needs to be opened up economically. Being able to move goods and people is an important consideration when a business - whether manufacturing, recreation and tourism, or agricultural - looks at an area. Now there are no services like hotels and restaurants. "If you build it they will come " - and those already there will stay. An area in growth builds on itself and creates more and more jobs. -Anonymous
No. I saw no justification for a full-length highway, in terms of traffic flow, construction costs, maintenance expense, and economic gain. Smaller-scale road improvements can probably give a majority of the hypothetical benefits of a highway. -Anonymous
Yes. You ever had to drive from Watertown to Messena? In Winter? 'Nuff said. -Anonymous
No. The people who live there don't even want it. It's just another taxpayer goody for the building trade unions. -Joe F., Buffalo
Disclaimer: This is not a scientific poll. It is not intended to be viewed as representative of general public opinion. Rather, results indicate the opinions of a self-selecting group of online respondents which may or may not be representative of more widespread public opinion.
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