Syracuse's old Carnegie Library to house Rte 81 Outreach Center

The long-vacant Carnegie Library building on Syracuse's Columbus Circle will house a Route 81 Outreach Center as the highway replacement project continues

The state Department of Transportation is opening a new facility to spread the word, and get public input on the ongoing effort and defining the replacement for the elevated portion of Route 81 in downtown Syracuse.

The I-81 Opportunities Outreach Center will be in the historic, and long-vacant Carnegie Library on Columbus Circle. The main floor center will be open 11am - 1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when DOT employees will staff it.

The public will be able to comment on ongoing plans, and the area will also be used fo meetings about the project.

Onondaga County has been working for years on utilizing the old library (Onondaga County's main library moved to the Galleries in the late 1980s. Since then the historic building has been used as a Syracuse City Schools facility, but in recent years there have been proposals to turn it over to a Liverpool-based business that markets library products, and to use it for Onondaga County offices.

There's no word yet, on how much of the building the DOT will use, and for how long, however the Route 81 project is projected to takes several years. Read more: