Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 3/27)

Lauren MayerWeekly News Digest

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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.

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Businesses Displaced As Richmond Highway Expansion Ramps Up – DCist
DCist March 26, 2023
On a cold, windy, early March day, James Stubbs exits the Garden Plot garden center’s front door, walks just a few feet, and points to a gravel area.

A park built over the interstate could reconnect Richmond, Va., communities – NPR
NPR March 27, 2023
Richmond, Va., is one of the nearly 50 cities that has won a grant from the federal government as it tries to repair some of the damage done to neighborhoods from building highways.

DOT Shows Off Ways to ‘Reconnect’ Communities Harmed by BQE, But Questions Remain
Streetsblog USA March 27, 2023
With the state in paralysis over what to do with portions of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway south of Atlantic Avenue and north of Sands Street, the Adams administration is offering a glimpse of some changes it hopes to make without involvement from Albany.

How would you change the Cross Bronx Expressway? NYC wants your feedback – ABC7 New York
ABC7 New York March 27, 2023
Beginning March 30, New Yorkers will be given the chance to weigh in on the future plans for the Cross Bronx Expressway.

Kalamazoo Streets 101: Where we’ve been, where we’re headed – Second Wave Media
Second Wave Media March 27, 2023
After years of Complete Streets studies and Imagine Kalamazoo discussions, the streets of Downtown Kalamazoo are about to take a “baby step” toward their big future transformations this spring.

A park over the Pike in Chinatown? Boston officials are looking into it. March 27, 2023
For Suzanne Lee, the six-lane highway that runs through Chinatown is deeply personal.

Highways tore through communities. With murals and parks, San Diegans are restoring …
The San Diego Union-Tribune March 27, 2023
Community groups and state agencies are working together in search of opportunities to reconnect neighborhoods torn apart decades ago to make way for freeways, as they install murals, parks, gardens and more along some of San Diego’s busiest roads.

Downtown I-35 Redesign: Significant Boost to Duluth’s Economy Possible – UMD News
UMD News – University of Minnesota March 28, 2023
Rightsizing of I-35 through downtown Duluth has the potential to infuse anywhere from over $500 million to over $4.5 billion to Duluth’s economy from the reuse of the available land for private investment, according to a report by the Labovitz School of Business and Economics’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER).

Sen. Warner presents $1.6M grant to help reunite Norfolk communities divided by I-264
WVEC March 29, 2023
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) stopped in Norfolk Monday morning to present a $1.6 million check to address social inequity and economic disparities caused by past transportation infrastructure decisions.

Equity emerging as key to unlock infrastructure grants – Bond Buyer
Bond Buyer March 29, 2023
Municipalities looking to tap into federal infrastructure funding need existing matching funds while also reckoning with the administration’s emphasis on equity, and this latter point emerged as a clear priority from the Department of Transportation officials during presentations at the National League of Cities’ Congressional City Conference Monday in Washington, D.C. 

Long Beach, Pasadena Among California Cities Getting Federal Funding To Ease Traffic Pollution
LAist March 29, 2023
With landmark federal policies such as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, there’s more federal money than ever before going to states to help them deal with the impacts and causes of climate change.

New agreement between Austin, USDOT explores funding for mobility, infrastructure projects
The Daily Texan March 29, 2023
The city of Austin and the U.S. Department of Transportation signed an agreement last month to investigate ways to fund mobility and infrastructure projects within the city, such as Project Connect and I-35 expansion.  

Transportation: West Side Freeway-to-Boulevard Study Advances – Urban Milwaukee
Urban Milwaukee March 29, 2023
Despite a failure to secure a federal grant to fund it, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee are jointly moving forward on a study of rebuilding Wisconsin Highway 175 (WIS 175). 

Beg, borrow, and deal: Lawmakers float $1 billion I-5 freeway expansion funding plan – BikePortland
BikePortland March 29, 2023
How will Oregon pay for a major expansion of the I-5 freeway between Portland and Vancouver (also known as the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program)?

Re-design Of Downtown I-35 Would Boost Economy | NewsTalk 610 AM & 103.9 FM
KDAL 610 AM 103.9 FM March 29, 2023
A report from the UMD Labovitz School’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research says a redesign of I-35 through downtown Duluth would provide a big boost in the Duluth economy.

Should Toronto Nix Plans to Rebuild the Gardiner Expressway?
Toronto Storeys March 30, 2023
Toronto’s infamous Gardiner Expressway has been the subject of both ridicule and debate for decades.

Highway reconstruction tries to repair historic mistakes | Great Lakes Echo
Great Lakes Echo March 30, 2023
With reconstruction planned for Detroit’s I-375, other Michigan highways with a similar past of dividing Black communities are being looked at as state road officials consider ways to remedy historic mistakes.