Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 5/1)

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.

Join Metropolitan Planning Council for Building Something Better: Finding Community-led Solutions to Damaging Urban Transportation Infrastructure, a virtual panel discussion featuring local and national experts. Tune in on May 10 at 12pm CT for a discussion about the historical harm of transportation infrastructure and the growing movement advocating for restoring communities affected by the built environment. Register at:

Are you planning to attend CNU 31.Charlotte? The annual Congress is a great opportunity to meet up in person with fellow Freeway Fighters. We are aiming to do this gathering during the Meetup event on 6/2 at 6pm ET but want to ensure this works for the most people possible. Please fill out this survey by May 19 if you plan to attend.

Freeway Fighters News

Biden infrastructure program so far has sent $2.6 billion to Maryland – The Baltimore Banner
The Baltimore Banner April 29, 2023
President Joe Biden’s infrastructure program so far has funneled $2.6 billion over the last two years to projects in Maryland, according to White House data.

Proposal Focuses on Downtown Milwaukee Revitalization | Planetizen News
Planetizen April 29, 2023
Updates proposed to Milwaukee’s new downtown comprehensive plan by Mayor Cavalier Johnson’s Department of City Development include a focus on reconnecting communities separated by Interstate 794 and redeveloping MacArthur Square, a long-vacant area next to the Milwaukee County Courthouse. 

OK $15B Turnpike Expansion Stalled After Court Ruling and AG Audit
Engineering News-Record April 29, 2023
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority halted work on the $5-billion ACCESS Oklahoma turnpike improvement project in mid-April, citing several lawsuits and an agency audit by the state’s attorney general office that will create difficulty to sell bonds for the project. 

Senior caught in the middle as TxDOT faces criticism for lack of empathy
Dallas Morning News April 29, 2023
For 45 years, Dora Overton of Forest Hill has lived in the shadow of the great highway, Interstate 20, bustling day and night only yards from her front door.

What should be built over I-35 in downtown Austin? – The Business Journals
The Business Journals April 29, 2023
The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed adding lanes to the interstate, some with tolls, and moving the double-decker highway below ground level — drastic changes for a road that has been a major feature of downtown Austin since the early 1960s. 

A Teen Activist’s Message to Transportation Leaders That Everyone Needs To Hear
Streetsblog USA May 3, 2023
Teenage climate organizers in Oregon are standing up against a freeway expansion that will threaten their generation’s very future — and sending a message to adult policymakers that the connection between car dependency and the climate crisis can no longer be ignored.

Gentrification ruins soul of community – Tribal Tribune
Tribal Tribune May 3, 2023
Imagine hundreds of displaced people, all for a “just cause”. 

MDOT open house on reconstructing deck plaza over I-696 in Oak Park set – Daily Tribune
Daily Tribune May 5, 2023
A public presentation is coming up soon at Oak Park City Hall on replacing the plaza bridge over I-696 that is home to Victoria Park and other amenities.