Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 7/31)

Lauren MayerWeekly News Digest

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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

I-794 debate finds little middle ground – Milwaukee Business Journal
The Business Journals July 29, 2023
Interstate 794 has inspired another intense transportation debate for the Milwaukee area, with equal zeal between those who say it should be demolished, and other downtown stakeholders who want it merely redesigned at a smaller scale.

When it comes to I-94, let’s consider people, not cars – Minnesota Reformer
Minnesota Reformer July 30, 2023
I-94 between Minneapolis and Saint Paul, originally built in the 1960s, is reaching the end of its useful life as the highway infrastructure ages. 

Baltimore 2050 Transportation Plan Perpetuates Auto-Centric Planning | Planetizen News
Planetizen July 30, 2023
The region’s long-range transportation plan fails to boost investment in transit, opting to fund road expansions instead.

Outrageous before-and-after photo shows city’s ‘nightmare’ highway expansion project – Yahoo News
Yahoo News July 31, 2023
A highway “update” in the coastal city of Alexandria, Egypt, that was meant to fix traffic has only worsened the issue — and upset the locals.

Trenton’s Route 29 Boulevard Project receives design funding – WHYY
WHYY August 1, 2023
A project to re-imagine the Delaware River waterfront in New Jersey’s capital city took a step forward.

‘Cities are meant to be lived in, not just driven through’: WisDOT hosting I-794 open-house …
CBS 58 August 1, 2023
Milwaukee County residents will get the chance to learn more about the future of I-794 this week with two, open-house style meetings hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Undoing the damage of 20th-century road-building – The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe August 1, 2023
Cities across the United States still bear the scars of short-sighted transportation policies of the postwar era, when urban neighborhoods were bulldozed to make way for interstate highways.

Some Milwaukee leaders want to remove an interstate that runs downtown. Here’s why.
Wisconsin Public Radio | August 2, 2023
Milwaukee’s I-794 Lake Interchange corridor is used by thousands of drivers every day, connecting visitors and residents to some of the city’s hottest attractions and largest employers. 

Public gets chance to weigh in on I-794 replacement or removal – BizTimes
BizTimes August 2, 2023
The Wisconsin DOT began what’s going to be a long decision-making process Tuesday evening with the first of several public meetings to gather public comment on replacement or removal of I-794 in downtown Milwaukee.

As I-35 project awaits federal approval, some Austin City Council concerns remain – KXAN
KXAN August 3, 2023
With the Texas Department of Transportation poised to receive a final verdict from the federal government on its Interstate 35 expansion proposal this month, some Austin City Council members still have reservations about the project.

Austin’s I-35 plans revised to include new cap and a $25 million boardwalk – August 3, 2023
The I-35 expansion through Central Austin is undergoing significant revisions as local officials try to negotiate improvements to the $4.5 billion project, aimed at widening the highway that’s cut through downtown Austin since it opened in 1962.

Trenton’s Route 29 Boulevard Project could reconnect the city and Delaware River
The Architect’s Newspaper August 4, 2023
“Trenton Makes – The World Takes.” Robert Venturi once said the glowing neon sign on the Trenton Makes Bridge (officially the Lower Trenton Bridge)—connecting Trenton, New Jersey with Pennsylvania—captivated his imagination as a child, sparking a nascent interest in the relationship between architecture and communication. 

A Texas highway expansion that would cut through Big Thicket is angering residents
Houston Chronicle August 4, 2023
East Texas towns like Kountze, northeast of Houston, are often two places at once. 

Austin I-35 expansion includes new covering, boardwalk |
KVUE August 4, 2023
Plans for a $4.5 billion expansion of Interstate 35, through the heart of Austin, are being revised once again.

State spending too much federal infrastructure money on NYC highways: Comptroller Lander
Gothamist August 4, 2023
Comptroller Brad Lander called out the state Department of Transportation on Friday for spending hundreds of millions of federal dollars on expansion of New York City highways rather than greenways, bike paths and other measures that help fight climate change.

No, rethinking I-94 is not ‘too ambitious’
MinnPost August 4, 2023
There’s a journalism adage that, for any headline ending with a question mark, the answer is always “no.”