Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 4/3)

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

Schumer’s highway to the Catskills angers environmentalists – POLITICO
Politico April 2, 2023
Thousands of New Yorkers escape the sweltering heat of the concrete jungle each summer by fleeing their Brooklyn brownstones and Upper West Side co-ops and driving west on Route 17, the winding highway leading to the cooler air of the Catskill Mountains.

TxDOT breaks ground on I-35 Capital Express North Project – KVUE
KVUE April 2, 2023
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday for part of the three-part Interstate 35 project.

State leaders announce new $1.4 million study to reconnect Pittsburgh neighborhoods
Yahoo News April 4, 2023
On Friday, Senator Casey joined fellow state and local leaders to announce a $1.4 million study.

We Should Definitely Remove Part of Highway 99 in South Park – The Stranger
The Stranger April 4, 2023
As of late February, the Biden Administration’s Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program  has made $1.6 million  available to study the elimination of a 1.5-mile stretch of Highway 99 in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood.

Connecting the Seward and Glenn highways scarred Fairview. Now, lots of agencies want to …
Alaska Public Media April 4, 2023
For the past year, Allen Kemplen has been doing a personal experiment, almost exclusively walking, biking or using city buses to get around.

Boston lands grant for study on building a park over the Massachusetts Turnpike in Chinatown
The Daily Free Press April 4, 2023
The city of Boston received a $1.8 million grant from the United States Department of Transportation last month which will prepare to put in a green space to connect and improve a divided Chinatown.

As Climate Money Pours In, Some Urban Freeways May Disappear | Seehafer News
Seehafer News April 4, 2023
Milwaukee is tied to a wave of freeway removals in the United States designed to reverse-engineer an era of car-centric urban planning.

Federal Grant Will Fund ‘Reconnecting’ Options for North Adams – April 5, 2023
A federally funded study of the downtown will have a singular charge: what to do with the Veterans Memorial Bridge. 

Can the New Climate Laws Transform our Transportation Infrastructure? – Legal Planet
Legal Planet April 5, 2023
Transportation is one of the most complicated and urgent areas of the clean-energy transition.

Changes to downtown I-35 may bring new jobs, revenue, investments – April 5, 2023
A report released by the University of Minnesota, in partnership with several local organizations suggests that changes to the downtown corridor of I-35 in could yield a significant boost for Duluth’s economy.

Controversial Highway Widening Breaks Ground in Austin | Planetizen News
Planetizen April 5, 2023
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) broke ground on the I-35 Capital Express Central Project, a $606 million project to add a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction on an eight-mile stretch between U.S. 290 East and Texas State Highway 45.

Virginia utilizes infrastructure grant to help reconnect communities divided by interstates
The Virginian-Pilot April 6, 2023
An interstate divided the Jackson Ward neighborhood in Richmond decades ago, and now leaders hope a bridge will help reunite it.

Long Since Gone, Can Black Residents Regain Thriving Community on Claiborne Without …
Big Easy Magazine April 6, 2023
Today, Interstate-10 towers over Claiborne Avenue, cutting a path through the Treme and Seventh Ward. 

Should SF Tear Down the Central Freeway? How About Fixing the Streets Underneath First
The Frisc April 6, 2023
After the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, San Francisco tore down roughly six miles of elevated freeway, clearing room and sky and letting the Embarcadero, Ferry Building, and Hayes Valley flourish.

Expressway Expansion Could Threaten Brooklyn Bridge Park | Planetizen News
Planetizen April 6, 2023
If the New York City Department of Transportation goes ahead with a proposal to expand the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, known locally as the BQE, to three lanes in each direction, the road could cut into green space now part of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, reports Kevin Duggan for Streetsblog NYC.

Is It Time to Retire National Walk to Work Day? – Next City
Next City April 6, 2023
National Walk to Work Day turns 19 this Friday. Is it time to kick it out of the house?

A section of Highway 99 in south Fresno will be expanded. These residents want it stopped
The Fresno Bee April 7, 2023
Panfilo Cerrillo has lived in south central Fresno coming on seven decades and wonders how much longer he has left.

Lawsuit highlights community health concerns caused by Hwy. 99 construction – ABC30 Fresno
ABC30 April 7, 2023
Future construction on Highway 99 has led to a lawsuit. 

Highway of Imagination | Arkansas Business News |
Arkansas Business April 7, 2023
Can you imagine a whitewater run for kayaking in the heart of downtown Little Rock?