Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 6/19)

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

Maryland environmental coalition petitions federal judge to halt Beltway expansion project
WTOP June 17, 2023
A group of environmentalists and historic preservation groups challenging the expansion of Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway in U.S. District Court have asked a judge to decide the case in their favor.

Induced Demand: How Building Highway 413 is likely to make gridlock worse
Environmental Defence June 17, 2023
The concept of induced demand is a fascinating phenomenon that challenges conventional wisdom about how we think about new highways.

Dividing highways: How historic Black communities are seeking justice
Southern Environmental Law Center June 17, 2023
Southern towns come in all shapes and sizes, with many sharing the same history of racial segregation and an unending cycle of environmental injustice.

Progress on I-30 deck park plan is moving slowly in its early stage
The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette June 19, 2023
Productive progress on the planning and development of the proposed deck park on Interstate 30 in Little Rock may not be seen until next spring, according to an email obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

NYSDOT expands Kensington Expressway project to include neighborhood enhancements
WGRZ June 20, 2023
While the NYSDOT has determined its preferred design for the Kensington Expressway redevelopment, adjacent streets will also be getting some attention. 

Pasadena’s Reconnecting Communities 710 Advisory Group Reviews Important First Steps …
Pasadena Now June 21, 2023
Pasadena’s Reconnecting Communities 710 Advisory Group meets Wednesday, June 21 to review several critical topics regarding the redevelopment of the 710 freeway stub in West Pasadena.

Stay up to date on the Brent Spence Bridge project with community conversation event
LINK nky June 21, 2023
Stay informed about the Brent Spence Corridor project at this week’s community conversation event.

On Juneteenth, Detroit organization advances history of legendary Black Bottom neighborhood
Michigan Advance June 21, 2023
During a Juneteenth celebration in Detroit, Black Bottom Archives (BBA) on Monday debuted a new version of its Black Bottom Street View exhibit. 

Lawsuit dismissed against TxDOT over Austin-area I-35 expansion project |
KVUE June 21, 2023
A legal battle over the proposed expansion of Interstate 35 in Austin has ended, for now.

Groups Drop Suit Over Texas DOT’s $6B Highway Plan – Law360
Law360 June 21, 2023
A lawsuit over a $5.6 billion highway overhaul in Austin, Texas, has come to an end, with the parties telling a federal court they want the case dismissed. 

East Buffalo neighbors look forward to Kensington Expressway transformation
Yahoo News June 21, 2023
Buffalo neighbors’ voices are being heard as part of the planning for a major renovation of the Kensington Expressway in the Queen City.

Dream of park over BQE in Williamsburg revived by politicians – Crain’s New York Business
Crain’s New York Business June 22, 2023
Brooklyn politicians are trying to keep the dream of parkland over a sunken stretch of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway alive by calling on the state to throw its weight behind the plan.

Brooklyn Electeds Demand State Embrace Park Over BQE Trench in Williamsburg
Streetsblog NYC June 22, 2023
The state must partner with the city to cap a short stretch of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in south Williamsburg — a plan known as the BQGreen — to create new parkland in a neighborhood bereft of it, elected officials on Tuesday demanded.

Are Prospects for Removing I-794 Dead on Arrival? – Milwaukee Magazine
Milwaukee Magazine June 22, 2023
State transportation officials are privately signaling that hopes for replacing a Downtown Milwaukee freeway spur with a boulevard are likely dead, according to a key alderman.

Revisiting the Rochester Narrative: Inner Loop highway summer project – Democrat and Chronicle
Democrat and Chronicle June 23, 2023
What happens to a community when you build a highway over it?