I guess I ran into an actual news story when I saw Ron McDougall working the halls of the LOB in Albany yesterday pushing Interstate 98.....Proponents of the "rooftop highway" were out in force and one I-98 supporter spoke at an Assembly hearing.
While this idea has been discussed for years, it's hard to imagine how it would ever be paid for, although the assumption is the federal government would write the check. That's the same government over 14 trillion dollars in debt.
A superhighway from Watertown to Plattsburgh could have unintended consequences beyond cost. It would by necessity bypass many communities and there is the lingering question about whether the number of people living in the corridor justify the expense, and the final question about how much potential traffic there is on the route.
A lobbying effort continues and they have some spiffy lapel pins with the I-98 logo.
Watertown Daily Times Official touts I-98 benefits at hearing