Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 10/16)

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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Big progress and remaining expectations for S.M. Wright Freeway replacement in South Dallas
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth October 14, 2023
There is big progress to see but also remaining expectations among neighbors for the ongoing replacement of the S.M. Wright Freeway in South Dallas.

Port Officials Have Concern With Potential I-794 Removal – Urban Milwaukee
Urban Milwaukee October 14, 2023
The City of Milwaukee will ultimately need to take a formal position on the different options for the reconstruction of Interstate 794 through Downtown and the Historic Third Ward.

St. Paul summit draws people from 18 cities divided by federal highway system | MPR News
MPR News October 15, 2023
A summit wrapped up on Saturday in St. Paul bringing together communities from across the country that were divided by the construction of federal highways, which government planners intentionally routed through Black and brown neighborhoods.

Austinites in the path of wider I-35 prepare to be pushed out | KUT Radio, Austin’s NPR Station October 16, 2023
Along I-35, the notices have arrived. The highway expansion has been off and on for years. But now it’s actually happening.

Stantec : selected to lead preliminary design for estimated $100 million urban highway …
MarketScreener October 16, 2023
Stantec, a global leader in sustainable design and engineering, was selected by the City of Rochester, New York, to lead preliminary design for the Inner Loop North Transformation Project. 

I-35 expansion will force out Spanish-immersion day care, scrambling plans for 200 kids October 17, 2023
Child care in Austin is expensive and hard to find. Parents sign up on day care waiting lists long before their kids are even born. And the shortage is getting worse.

Austin Chronicle’s historic headquarters to be paved over for I-35 – October 18, 2023
After years of skewering the state’s political elite, The Austin Chronicle is slated to be swallowed whole by the jaws of a state-sponsored highway project.

More Than 60 Organizations Urge Governor Newsom to Intervene at Caltrans
Streetsblog California – Streetsblog USA October 18, 2023
More than sixty climate and transportation advocacy organizations sent a letter to Governor Newsom asking him to investigate current state Transportation Department practices that are undermining California’s climate, safety, and equity goals.

Duluth Mayoral Debate: How feasible is the Duluth Waterfront Collective?
Northern News Now October 18, 2023
Mayor Emily Larson and Candidate Roger Reinert debate their positions on the Duluth Waterfront Collective, an effort to rework I-35.

Council Set to Ask TxDOT to Pause I-35 Expansion Until Regional Climate Plans Done
The Austin Chronicle October 19, 2023
Item 45 at the Oct. 19 City Council meeting, if approved, will be the strongest stance the city of Austin has taken on the I-35 expansion to date.

UDOT expects a 30% air quality bump with the I-15 expansion. Is that possible? | KUER
KUER October 19, 2023
With the widening of I-15 from Farmington to the northwest side of Salt Lake City inching closer to reality, residents impacted by the proposed project are concerned about a myriad of things.

Ann Arbor voices opposition to widening U.S. 23 highway – October 19, 2023
As the Michigan Department of Transportation considers widening the U.S. 23 highway on Ann Arbor’s east side, the city is taking a stance against it.

White Roads Through Black Bedrooms: How Urban Freeways Cemented Spatial Inequalities
Streetsblog USA October 19, 2023
Urban freeways are having a moment of serious reconsideration. 

Jarvis: UDOT, Get Creative Instead of Expanding I-15 – The Daily Utah Chronicle
The Daily Utah Chronicle October 20, 2023
As the Utah Department of Transportation’s proposed I-15 expansion inches closer, the situation grows dire.

Austin City Council votes to ask TxDOT to delay funding I-35 expansion
CBS Austin October 20, 2023
Austin City Council voted Thursday to ask TxDOT and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) to delay funding the new I-35 central expansion project.