Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 12/12)

Lauren MayerWeekly News Digest

Hi all,

Here is what is being said about freeway fighting this week. If you come across any articles, feel free to share and please let me know if you have any questions.

Freeway Fighters news

I-25/Broadway Interchange Project
December 2022
Neighbors have repeatedly asked for basic dignity for those walking or rolling to Broadway Station.

With State Funding in Place, Middletown Moves Ahead with Riverfront Redevelopment
CT Examiner December 10, 2022
The State Bond Commission has approved $12 million that will help fund the environmental clean-up of sites along the waterfront as a first step in the city’s riverfront redevelopment project. 

Interstate Bridge freeway expansion could cost up to $7.5 billion – BikePortland
BikePortland December 10, 2022
As expected, the cost of a project to widen Interstate 5 between Portland and Vancouver and replace the Interstate Bridge has ballooned in costs.

Austin’s Cap and Stitch proposal for I-35 receives $1.5M in new funding | Community Impact
Community Impact December 10, 2022
Austin’s Cap and Stitch program, an ambitious city proposal that would widen and lower portions of I-35 in Central Austin to allow for new infrastructure and public spaces, is one step closer to being realized.

Car dependency halts potential progress for cities – North Texas Daily
North Texas Daily December 11, 2022
If you live in a United States city, you likely use cars more than any other mode of transit — and why wouldn’t you?

Salt Lake Valley west-siders bear the brunt of bad air. Tell us more about it – KUER
KUER December 12, 2022
The west side of the Salt Lake Valley is home to many things: a diverse population, a vibrant assortment of ethnic culinary options, many small businesses, strong neighborhoods and booming trade industries.

With $1B at Stake, Clashes Emerge Over Highway Removal – Route Fifty
Route Fifty December 13, 2022
In places like Tulsa and New Orleans, community advocates are pushing for interstates that split apart Black communities to be torn down.

Support for Freeway Lids Advances in Seattle Comprehensive Plan | The Urbanist
The Urbanist December 13, 2022
At the junction of SR 520 and Montlake Boulevard in Seattle, construction crews are busy at work laying the foundation for the Montlake lid, the first roof built over a freeway in Seattle since the completion of the I-90 lid in the 1990s. 

Wadena residents voice concerns over proposed Highway 10 expansion plan
Detroit Lakes Tribune December 13, 2022
The Minnesota Department of Transportation hosted their second of two public information open houses concerning the future Highway 10 expansion project on Dec. 8 and they received an earful from dozens of Wadena residents and business owners.

WisDOT holds public hearing on 8-lane I-94 expansion after opposition to plan – CBS 58
CBS 58 December 13, 2022
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is hearing from the public about their recommended eight-lane plan for the redevelopment of I-94 running east and west between 16th and 70th streets in Milwaukee.

City May Restore BQE to Six Full Lanes of Nastiness, Sources Say – Streetsblog NYC
Streetsblog NYC December 13, 2022
The future of the BQE may be going backwards.

Transportation: Opponents Assail I-94 Expansion at Public Hearing – Urban Milwaukee
Urban Milwaukee December 14, 2022
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation held the first of two newly added public hearings Monday afternoon on the proposed expansion of Interstate 94.

Could the B.Q.E. Return to Six Lanes of Traffic? – The New York Times
The New York Times December 14, 2022
It is one of the “menu of design ideas” city officials are considering as they try to figure out how to fix the crumbling highway.

Any Plan for the Central Freeway Must Be Community-Led, New Coalition Says
The San Francisco Standard December 14, 2022
Whichever direction San Francisco goes with the Central Freeway, a coalition of community groups wants to steer the conversation.

Eight-lane highway expansion could harm Black neighborhood, statewide environment …
Madison365 December 15, 2022
On Monday, a group of protesters waited outside the Tommy Thompson Youth Center in Milwaukee.

What Will Highway Removal Funding Actually Fund? | Planetizen News
Planetizen December 16, 2022
Competing proposals from lawmakers and state departments of transportation raise questions about how the Biden administration will approach evaluating applications for the Reconnecting Communities Act, which promises $1 billion in federal funding for freeway removal projects. 

What does the future of the I-94 corridor expansion look like? – Spectrum News
Spectrum News December 16, 2022
There are some new developments in the ongoing fight over whether to expand I-94 near American Family Field.

Gov. Cox Says Utahns Displaced by I-15 Freeway Expansion Will be “Very Well Compensated”
Salt Lake City Weekly December 16, 2022
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox started his monthly PBS Utah press conference on Thursday with a cheerful greeting of “Happy Holidays, Happy Snowydays,” and a rundown of the recent string of winter storms along the Wasatch Front.