Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 1/24)

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Hi all,

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.

Highways to Boulevards news

South Park community group seeks to reclaim neighborhood land from a harmful, redundant highway

Seattle Bike Blog January 2022

South Park has some of the most harmful air quality of any residential neighborhood in Seattle and King County, and it doesn’t take long to figure out where a lot of it comes from: The freeway that splits the neighborhood in two.

GOP Govs to Biden: Don’t Force Your Progressive Politics on our Highway Projects – Streetsblog USA

Streetsblog USA January 22, 2022

A group of Republican governors banded together this week to resist the federal government’s push to use the new $1.2-trillion infrastructure package to promote progress on climate change, jobs and racial justice.

MnDOT seeks input on sensitive bridge project to Bayfront – Duluth News Tribune

Duluth News Tribune January 22, 2022

As one vocal group reconsiders what it means to pass through downtown, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will study a key bridge at the heart of competing visions for the city.

Hochul: Kensington Expressway project would help ‘reunite communities & right the wrongs …

Niagara Frontier Publications January 23, 2022

Gov. Kathy Hochul was in Buffalo on Saturday to announce the proposed $32.8 billion state capital plan includes nearly $3 billion for infrastructure projects her team said “promote equity, connectivity and multimodal transportation opportunities for communities all across New York state.

Hochul touts necessity of infrastructure investments – Spectrum News

Spectrum News January 23, 2022

Gov. Kathy Hochul says her proposed $32.8 billion State Capital Plan includes nearly $3 billion for infrastructure projects across New York state.

Guest column: Another highway expansion isn’t going to help traffic – Yahoo News

Yahoo News January 23, 2022

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) held a public hearing on Jan. 13 about its plans to expand I-95 between I-295 and Atlantic Boulevard from six lanes to up to 12 lanes, doubling the width of the highway.

In Portland, Youth Activists Are Driving a Highway Revolt – Bloomberg January 23, 2022

For months, a group of youthful climate activists have waged a battle to halt a Portland highway expansion — and turn U.S. transportation policy around.

Infrastructure law aims to reconnect Black and Latino neighborhoods – USA Today

USA Today January 25, 2022

Kendra London grew up in the historically Black Fifth Ward neighborhood in Houston, raised by her grandmother and the elders of their community.

The IPA’s Latest Exhibition on Governors Island Reimagines New York Without the BQE …

Architectural Record January 25, 2022

Stepping off the ferry on the verdant shore of Governors Island to view the Institute for Public Architecture’s Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) exhibit feels like entering a time-capsule of a bygone New York.

Feds say Portland’s I-5 Rose Quarter project needs new review – Pamplin Media Group

Portland Tribune January 26, 2022

The Federal Highway Administration is asking for a new environmental assessment of the Interstate 5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.

Gov. Hochul confirms NYS is replacing I-81 with community grid: ‘This has gone on too long … January 27, 2022

New York state is ready to tear down the elevated Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse and build a street-level community grid in its place, Gov. Kathy Hochul confirmed Tuesday at a meeting of the editorial board of

Opinion: El Paso should look at highways in a new way as we plan our future – El Paso Matters

El Paso Matters January 27, 2022

Across the country, communities are rethinking highways that sliced through urban fabric.

Deeper look at plan to cover Kensington Expressway |

WGRZ January 27, 2022

We decided to seek out more details about the funding and the process to actually cover over or deck a portion of the Kensington Expressway.

Double-decker highways are back. But they’re not going to solve traffic jams – CNN

CNN January 27, 2022

Frederica Wilson, the US Congresswoman representing much of Miami, says she must leave home by 6:30 a.m. to beat traffic on South Florida’s highways.

Savannah group pushes for I-16 exit removal – WJCL

WJCL January 28, 2022

A Savannah coalition is trying to rally city government support to get rid of a downtown I-16 exit ramp.

About Time: Syracuse’s I-81 Is Finally Being Demolished – Curbed

Curbed January 28, 2022

A notorious example of postwar transportation development gone horribly wrong will be gone soon.