Here is what is being said about the Highways to Boulevards movement this week. If you come across any articles, feel free to share and please let me know if you have any questions.
A pair of tweets this week embody the capacity for change that everyone here is striving for. In Portland, thanks to the work of No More Freeways PDX and their allies, the FHWA reversed their Finding of No Significant Impact for ODOT’s I-5 Rose Quarter expansion. In Duluth, supporters of the Duluth Waterfront Collective refused to be ignored at MnDOT’s public meeting on the future of I-35. It’s beyond encouraging to see the progress everyone has made advancing transportation solutions that focus on community and look beyond highways.
Highways to Boulevards news
Diálogo Chino January 15, 2022
A road expansion project in the Chiquitano dry forests of Bolivia will also affect indigenous communities, who question its costs and benefits.
Streetsblog California January 15, 2022
Caltrans recently issued a new Complete Streets directive that commits the state transportation department to including “complete streets elements” in all of its projects.
Dallas Morning News January 16, 2022
When the Interstate 345 connecter was built in downtown Dallas in the 1970s, it cut through the street grid and destroyed important Black neighborhoods.
Arkansas Times January 17, 2022
I know. I’m shouting in the wind in Arkansas, where the prevailing sentiment says there’s no freeway that can’t be improved by making it wider, no matter how high the cost in dollars, damage to a community or impact on traffic elsewhere.
San Mateo Daily Journal January 19, 2022
South San Francisco councilmembers this week expressed a desire not to see a lane added to a 9 mile stretch of Highway 101 that partially runs through the city, citing increased pollution from vehicles that could affect nearby neighborhoods.
KY3 January 19, 2022
A Springfield physician filed a second lawsuit against the Greene County Commission for fraud and ecological harm concerning the Kansas Expressway expansion project.
Bike Portland January 19, 2022
As we know, the Oregon Department of Transportation says the answer to the traffic on I-5 between the Rose Quarter and OMSI is to expand the freeway.
10TV January 20, 2022
Concerns over expanding U.S. 23 from Franklin County to Waldo in Marion County created so much public outcry that the Ohio Department of Transportation added two additional public hearings.
Buffalo News January 21, 2022
A new era of federal investment in our environment is here, and Western New York is uniquely poised to benefit.
D Magazine January 21, 2022
An op-ed in the Dallas Morning News reminds us that a great urban neighborhood won’t ‘magically’ sprout from the ashes of I-345. So the city and its partners need to start planning what that looks like.
KOIN 6 January 21, 2022
Months after officials approved widening Interstate 5 at the Rose Quarter, the Oregon Department of Transportation is now required to reevaluate the economic and environmental impacts of the project before legally proceeding.
KGW January 21, 2022
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has rescinded its approval for the Interstate 5 Rose Quarter project and asked the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to produce an updated Environmental Assessment.
Portland Mercury January 21, 2022
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) must update its environmental assessment for the proposed changes to the Interstate-5 corridor through the Rose Quarter, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) decided this week.