Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 5/22)

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.

*Please note that there will not be a FFN Digest next week as we will be in Charlotte for CNU 31. Hope to see you there!

Freeway Fighters News

With No Reference to the 710 Freeway Stub in Its Title, The Reconnecting … – Pasadena Now
Pasadena Now May 20, 2023
The Reconnecting Communities Advisory Group voted to change its name during its second meeting on May 17, in a move aimed at giving the body a stronger local identity.

Pasadena 710 freeway stub committee lays out next moves for ‘the ditch’
Pasadena Star-News May 20, 2023
Almost six decades after the state used eminent domain to displace thousands of mostly minority residents to extend the 710 freeway, the Pasadena task force guiding the future of the roughly 40-acre ‘ditch’ received an update on the years-long process at its first regular meeting.

I-15 expansion update: How many homes, businesses may be lost – The Salt Lake Tribune
The Salt Lake Tribune May 20, 2023
For many, Interstate 15′s expansion through northern Salt Lake and southern Davis counties is a certainty.

Gov. Cox says I-15 must be expanded, but he’d love not to | News | Salt Lake City Weekly
Salt Lake City Weekly May 20, 2023
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) moved one step closer to its planned expansion of Interstate 15 this month, releasing an updated screening report on the projected impacts to homes, businesses, schools and parks located between Salt Lake City and Farmington as the freeway’s footprint consumes new territory.

Dallas City Council to decide fate of Interstate 345 – Axios
Axios May 22, 2023
Dallas City Council could finally make a decision on whether to approve a Texas Department of Transportation recommendation to demolish and then trench Interstate 345 — or it could choose to delay its final decision until an independent study is completed.

How would widening Milwaukee’s I-94 affect residents near the highway? – Wisconsin Watch
Wisconsin Watch May 23, 2023
After Esther Grams purchased her first business, she thought 2020 would be her year. 

Opinion: To Halt Wasteful Highways, America Needs a ‘Road Review’ – Streetsblog USA
Streetsblog USA May 24, 2023
In February, the government of Wales announced that it was scrapping all major road-building projects. 

Plans for I-55 Expansion in Chicago Raise Concerns Over Air Quality and Community Health
Inside Climate News May 24, 2023
Having spent most of her life in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, Sara Cortes learned to live with bad-smelling air that created a haze in the summer.

Highway changes could once again impact Black communities – Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder May 24, 2023
Gabe Tandoh wants something to be done to address the crashes he sees on Highway 252, which runs just outside of the gym he owns in Brooklyn Park, Training Day Fitness. 

Highways Have Sliced Through City After City. Can the U.S. Undo the Damage?
The New York Times May 25, 2023
The Biden administration is funding projects around the country aimed at reconnecting communities that have been divided by transportation infrastructure.

Dallas City Council votes to replace I-345 with lowered trench |
WFAA May 25, 2023
Dallas City Council on Wednesday gave TxDOT the green light to take down I-345 and replace it with a lowered trench. 

I-345 Is Dead, Long Live I-345 – D Magazine
D Magazine May 25, 2023
The Dallas City Council today gave the state of Texas permission to pursue funding to remove and trench I-345, the currently elevated 1.4-mile highway separating downtown and Deep Ellum.

‘It’s never going to stop being a highway’: Dallas City Council approves thorny I-345 plan
KERA News May 25, 2023
The Dallas City Council voted Wednesday to green light a state recommended plan to remodel the aging Interstate Highway 345— but with some revisions.

Dallas City Council Approves I-345 Replacement, With a Catch
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth May 25, 2023
After years of bitter fighting the Dallas City Council Wednesday unanimously endorsed the state plan to replace Interstate 345, but there was a catch that could one day reverse the endorsement.

From elevated highway to urban boulevard: Va. awaits federal decision to transform Route … – WTOP
WTOP May 26, 2023
With the just-opened Potomac Yard Metro Station and the planned pedestrian bridge to Ronald Reagan National Airport, there’s a lot of work and planning to make the Route 1 corridor in Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia, easier to navigate in the future — but that involves improving what’s there today.

Biden’s Infrastructure Law to Help Norfolk Reconnect Communities – Dogwood
Dogwood May 26, 2023
The city of Norfolk’s neighborhoods will soon be more connected than ever thanks to a $1.6 million award from the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program, which aims to reconnect and restore communities that have historically been negatively impacted by past infrastructure decisions.

A freeway has long separated Berkeley from its waterfront. Is it time to rethink I-80?
Berkeleyside May 26, 2023

The roaring, congested, 10-lane Eastshore Freeway has been Berkeley’s de facto western border for generations.

The Limitations of ‘Reconnecting Communities’ | Planetizen News
Planetizen May 26, 2023
Recognizing the impacts of rampant highway construction and other infrastructure on urban neighborhoods and communities of color, the Reconnecting Communities Act and other recently created federal programs aim to redress the damage.

TxDOT Wants to Widen I-10 in El Paso. Residents Say “No Thanks.”
Texas Monthly May 26, 2023
Around 5 p.m. on a spring Friday, cars and freight trucks motor through downtown El Paso on Interstate 10.