Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 5/8)

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.

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Freeway Fighters News

Feds Hand Money to Cities for Safer Streets and Resilient Infrastructure May 9, 2023
In Seattle, they’re building new sidewalks, speed cushions, protected bike lanes and ADA accessible curb cutouts. 

The City Council Is Set to Vote on I-345’s Future This Month – D Magazine
D Magazine May 9, 2023
On May 24, the Dallas City Council is set to give a thumbs up or down to the Texas Department of Transportation’s plan to remove and trench the 1.4-mile highway I-345 between downtown and Deep Ellum.

Build It and They Will Pay: ODOT’s Plans for Tolling Generate Broad Backlash – Portland Mercury
Portland Mercury May 9, 2023
To toll or not to toll?

CAMPO approves I-35 expansion project amendments – Community Impact
Community Impact May 9, 2023
The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization approved a number of amendments to its Transportation Improvement Program during its May 8 transportation policy board meeting.

New KPBS “Freeway Exit” Podcast Asks Listeners to Imagine a Future Without Highways
KPBS May 10, 2023
We’re dependent on our cars because of freeways and the decisions made around building them.

Equity-First Transportation Funding: Reversing a History of Infrastructure Discrimination
CalBike May 10, 2023
The Equity-First Transportation Funding Act (AB 1525, Bonta) will require 60% of California’s transportation funds to benefit “priority populations.” 

Metro and Caltrans 605/60 Freeway Widening Project Could Demolish San Gabriel Valley Homes
Streetsblog LA May 11, 2023
Metro and Caltrans plans for freeway widening could demolish more than a dozen homes in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley. 

Mpls. City Council passes resolution to remove highway on northside, restore Sixth Avenue North
CBS News May 12, 2023
The Minneapolis City Council on Thursday formally passed a resolution that will lead to major changes to a stretch of highway on the northside.

Funding picture for ODOT’s Rose Quarter freeway expansion looks bleak – BikePortland
Bike Portland May 12, 2023
It’s never a great sign for a transportation project when, six years after the legislature came up with a down payment, project leaders still don’t have a plan for how to pay for it.

What New York City and State Should Be Doing About the BQE – Gotham Gazette
Gotham Gazette May 12, 2023
The key question about the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) right now isn’t two versus three lanes for the Brooklyn Heights cantilever.