Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 6/26)

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.

Freeway Fighters News

They demand to start construction of the BQGreen park in Brooklyn that has been “we will …
Morning Express June 24, 2023
They have been waiting years for the construction of the BQGreen project to come true, which will build a 3.5-acre park on the BQE highway, in a plan that, in addition to reconnecting the communities of williamsburg.

Lawsuit against I-35 expansion by TxDOT dropped – FOX 7 Austin
FOX 7 Austin June 24, 2023
Several groups that sued the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) last year over proposed I-35 expansion projects have dropped the lawsuit, but are considering further legal action.

Wisconsin DOT releases first look at potential redesign concepts for I-794 – TMJ4
TMJ4 June 24, 2023
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) released nine different concepts of how they could redesign I-794 which has left many wondering if officials should rebuild the highway or tear it down.

See The State’s Design Concepts For Replacing Or Rebuilding Interstate 794 – Urban Milwaukee
Urban Milwaukee June 24, 2023
Following private meetings with stakeholders, The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) released its conceptual options for rebuilding Interstate 794 through downtown Milwaukee.

I-794: repair or remove? Here are the new conceptual alternatives – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel June 26, 2023
The debate of whether to repair or remove Milwaukee’s Interstate 794 has entered its next phase with the release of alternative conceptual plans from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Local View: Duluth vowed to ‘reimagine’ I-35, so why hasn’t it?
Duluth News Tribune June 27, 2023
As many in the Duluth community may be aware, the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council (MIC) is in the process of assessing current and future transportation needs along the Interstate 35 corridor from County Road 61 in Midway Township to the freeway’s terminus at London Road and 26th Avenue East.

Proposed Stevenson Expressway Expansion Brings Activists, Neighbors Together To Air …
Block Club Chicago June 28, 2023
As Chicagoans experienced some of the worst air quality in the world from Canadian wildfire smoke, environmental activists encouraged Southwest Side neighbors during a meeting Tuesday to work with them to address another concern: the proposed expansion of the Stevenson Expressway. 

Study: Two-Thirds of Americans Know Highway Expansions Don’t Cure Traffic
Streetsblog USA June 29, 2023
More than two-thirds of Americans understand that the highway expansions happening in their backyards won’t fix congestion as local pols often claim— and many want those officials to stop spending money on projects that endanger their families, a new poll finds.

Why a group opposing the planned I-35 expansion in Austin dropped its environmental lawsuit
Texas Standard June 29, 2023
The Texas Department of Transportation is planning to widen 28 miles of Interstate Highway 35 that pass through Austin – a multibillion-dollar project that will add lanes to parts of the highway that run through the heart of the city.

Highway to sprawl: How I-35 shapes where people live in Austin – June 29, 2023
Since opening in Austin six decades ago, I-35 has done more than carry cars and trucks.

WisDOT shares conceptual plans for future of I-794 – Spectrum News
Spectrum News June 29, 2023
The future of the Interstate 794 overpass in downtown Milwaukee is one step closer to seeing a potential makeover.