Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 5/15)

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

Landrieu: Using Infrastructure Funds To Reconnect Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Is …
RealClearPolitics May 13, 2023
Newsmax reporter James Rosen asked Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu at Friday’s press briefing how funds from the bipartisan infrastructure bill will be used to remedy the problem of “racial disparities” in “the way roads are designed and built” that Transportation Secretary Buttigieg has discussed.

City launches second round of Cross Bronx Expressway public workshops
Bronx Times May 13, 2023
The city is launching a second round of public engagement sessions for its study to reimagine the Cross Bronx Expressway.

A transportation ‘revolution’? How the infrastructure law is fueling freeways. – E&E News
E&E News May 15, 2023
The Biden administration is supporting a nearly $10 billion highway expansion in Houston that ignited a yearlong debate about its climate effects and the demolition of almost 1,000 homes.

Alhambrans Urge City Council Not to Widen Fremont Avenue and its Off-Ramps
Streetsblog LA May 17, 2023
Residents and activists took to Alhambra City Council last Monday to vent their disdain for an un-agendized matter: the city’s proposed widening of Fremont Avenue and its on-/off-ramps at the 10 Freeway.

Dallas City Council to Vote on Controversial Freeway Trenching Plan | Planetizen News
Planetizen May 17, 2023
The transportation director of the North Central Texas Council of Governments is asking the Dallas City Council to support a plan to bury a segment of Interstate 345 in what Strong Towns recently called an ‘infrastructure grave,’ “which would allow traffic to flow and development to come on decks over the roadway and on surplus right of way.”

Pasadena Reconnecting Communities Advisory Group to Hold Second Meeting Wednesday
Pasadena Now May 18, 2023
The City of Pasadena’s Reconnecting Communities Advisory Group will hold its second meeting tonight.

Congressman Torres calls on federal assistance to reimagine the Cross Bronx Expressway
News12 Bronx May 18, 2023
Congressman Ritchie Torres is calling on the federal government to partner with New York to transform the Cross Bronx Expressway.

TxDOT Engineer Doubles Down on Interstate 345 Hybrid Option, Council to Vote Next Week
Candy’s Dirt May 18, 2023
Dallas City Council members resumed a debate Wednesday over whether to support Texas Department of Transportation’s “hybrid trench” recommendation for Interstate 345.

Torres Seeks Fed Backing for Cross Bronx Capping – Streetsblog New York City
Streetsblog NYC May 18, 2023
The federal government should give a financial and bureaucratic boost to the effort to cap the Cross Bronx Expressway, says a Bronx congressman hoping to emulate federal backing for a similar project in Texas.

Healing a Neighborhood: Amy Stelly’s Efforts to Tear Down the Claiborne Expressway in …
Planetizen May 18, 2023
The topic of highway teardowns seems like a new conversation in planning circles.

Dallas City Council Could Determine Future of I-345 This Month
Dallas Observer May 18, 2023
Dallas is still considering what to do with I-345, the expressway bridge dividing downtown from Deep Ellum. 

Some 60 years later, South Bend taking another step away from Studebaker past – WVPE
WVPE May 19, 2023
If you’ve ever wondered why there are freeway-like cloverleaf ramps in the middle of the city of South Bend, where Eddy Street crosses over Lincolnway, you’re not alone.