Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 12/11)

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.

Add your organizational signatures to the Freeway Fighters Network Call for Action by January 31st, 2024. This call for action asks elected leaders across the country to adopt a moratorium on expanding highways and instead fund transportation priorities in four categories (Fix It First, Safety Over Speed, Make Transit Work, and Reconnect Communities).Your organization can sign on here.

Freeway Fighters News

No, Opening a $2 Billion Freeway Expansion Project is Decidedly Not the End of Southland’s Freeway Era
Streetsblog LA December 2023
Hey! Did you hear that Southern California’s big freeway era is over? Spoiler: it isn’t.

Avoiding the Harms That Infrastructure Can Wreak December 9, 2023
Communities with reliable, resilient and equitable public infrastructure — things like roads and transit, water systems and public parks — are communities in which residents thrive.

City of Savannah votes to help fund study for I-16 ramp removal – WJCL News
WJCL News December 9, 2023
The way you get into downtown Savannah could be changing.

California Can’t Be a Climate Leader Until it Stops Building Freeways – CalBike
CalBike December 9, 2023
Representatives from the State of California are in Dubai, United Arab Emirates right now for COP28, the climate summit where world leaders make agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

City roundup: Savannah council greenlights study for MLK flyover removal, Kiah House zoning
Savannah Morning News December 11, 2023
At its Thursday meeting, Savannah City Council took the next step in potentially removing the Interstate 16 flyover ramp that overpasses Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, approving grant money for the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to study the project’s feasibility.

BQE Update, by Brian Abate – Red Hook Star-Revue
Red Hook Star-Revue December 12, 2023
A Zoom meeting was held with members of the Department of Transportation (DOT) updating the public on the possibility of changes to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE.) 

Residents applaud cancellation of controversial highway expansion in major city – Yahoo News
Yahoo News December 12, 2023
Denver residents have welcomed the news that a highway expansion will be scrapped, with the freed-up funds set to be diverted to transit projects.

Freeway Math: How Governments Decide a Harmful Highway Is ‘Worth It’ – Streetsblog USA
Streetsblog USA December 14, 2023
Advocates in Portland are debunking the economic justifications behind one of the nation’s most notorious highway mega-projects — and their efforts are offering a rare glimpse into the rat’s nest of errors, assumptions, and perverse incentives that underlie similar efforts across the country.

I-35 in Austin: City to consider more money for ‘cap and stitch’ |
KVUE December 14, 2023
The City of Austin will add more money to the already $4.5 billion plans to revamp Interstate 35 and parts of Downtown Austin.

Princeton Opposes Plan To Expand Portion Of New Jersey Turnpike – Patch
Patch December 14, 2023
The Mayor and Council on Monday passed a resolution opposing the expansion of a portion of the New Jersey Turnpike.

Highway Expansion Project Not Approved by California Transportation Commission
Streetsblog California December 15, 2023
A rare thing happened last week at the California Transportation Commission meeting: a highway widening project failed to receive the usual rubber-stamped approval from the commissioners.