Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 2/6)

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.

Applications are open for the America Walks 2023 National Walking College, an online educational program geared toward early-to-middle-stage advocates eager to organize in communities to expand access to walkable, vibrant, safe, and accessible places. At the end of the program, fellows develop an action plan that they implement with their community. This year they are aiming to develop a cohort of freeway fighters in the Walking College, with a tailored curriculum. Additional information about the Walking College can be found here. The application closes on February 28, 2023.

*Please note that the Freeway Fighters Digest will be going on a brief hiatus and will return to your inboxes for the first week in March.*

Freeway Fighters news

Colorado’s ‘Greenhouse Gas Planning Standard’ Changes the Transportation Equation
TransitCenter February 4, 2023
Across the nation, many state-level elected officials talk about reducing transportation emissions but the agencies they nominally oversee plan and fund automobile infrastructure that increase emissions anyway. 

Inside Milwaukee’s push to tear down a highway – Fast Company
Fast Company February 4, 2023
Before the freeways came in, Bronzeville, on Milwaukee’s North Side, was a vibrant neighborhood known for its restaurants, bars, and jazz scene. 

Boiling Spring Lakes aims to craft its future with city center project – Wilmington Star-News
Wilmington Star-News February 5, 2023
Boiling Spring Lakes leaders continue to move forward with the vision of a walkable business district.

The Stitch—a long-awaited freeway cap—aims to bring together what the Connector tore apart
Atlanta Magazine February 5, 2023
The Stitch has been a twinkle in A.J. Robinson’s eye for years.

Opinion: Plenty not to like about Brent Spence Bridge project – Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer February 5, 2023
Politicians from across the partisan spectrum recently joined hands on the banks of the Ohio River to celebrate the funding of the Brent Spence Corridor Project.

PHOTOS: America’s Widest Highways, Why Expanding Won’t Help Traffic – Business Insider
Business Insider February 6, 2023
Some of the widest highways in the US have more than 20 lanes — and traffic is still getting worse.

Biden’s First ‘Mega Grants’ Contain Some Mega Wins — And Mega Fails – Streetsblog USA
Streetsblog USA February 7, 2023
A new federal grant program will fund major safety and transit projects that have been at the top of sustainable transportation advocates’ wishlists for years … along with plenty of business-as-usual highway expansion projects that could negate those mega-gains.

WisDOT closes public comment period for controversial I-94 ‘East-West Corridor’ expansion
The Daily Cardinal February 7, 2023
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) closed the online public comment period Tuesday for the controversial expansion of Milwaukee’s I-94 “East-West Corridor,” a heavily used commuter road commonly used by drivers entering downtown Milwaukee from Madison.

OPINION: Boondoggle freeway projects won’t fix Anchorage
Anchorage Daily News February 7, 2023
What would you like to fix in 2023? 

TxDOT to hold virtual public hearing on I-35 Capital Express Central project |
KVUE February 8, 2023
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is asking for the public’s input regarding an alternative for the Interstate 35 Capital Express Central project.

Has state kept its promise to Pleasant Hill community after I-75 split? | WGXA
WGXA February 8, 2023
Peter Givens was a teenager in the ‘60s when he watched one of Macon’s oldest Black cemeteries torn apart as the construction of Interstate 75 came through the heart of Pleasant Hill.