Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 1/8)

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

Buried rivers flow underneath Baltimore. One artist wonders whether it’s time to dig them up.
The Baltimore Banner January 6, 2024
The gentle hum rising through a rusted Remington manhole cover is the sound of a near ghost. 

Demonstrators push for Kensington Expressway’s removal |
WGRZ January 7, 2024
 In recent weeks the number of voices have increased, questioning the wisdom of a plan to spend a billion dollars to convert a three-quarter mile, below-grade stretch of the Kensington Expressway into a tunnel.

Neighbors push for Kensington Expressway Project alternatives – WKBW
WKBW January 8, 2024
Drivers on Humboldt Parkway may have heard chants or seen signs overhead on Saturday as neighborhood residents rallied against the Kensington Expressway Project.

A Desert Owl Takes on a Freeway | Planetizen News
Planetizen January 9, 2024
A tiny, threatened owl species in the Southwestern desert could spell doom for a major interstate freeway project.

Feds open civil rights probe of I-94 east-west rebuild, prompting call to halt project
The Business Journals January 10, 2024
Federal transportation officials’ December decision to investigate a civil rights complaint over the proposed widening of Interstate 94 east-west prompted opponents to argue the project should be paused.

Lower Speed Limits as a Climate Action Tool | Planetizen News
Planetizen January 11, 2024
In an article in Policy Options, Jörg Broschek argues that reducing speed limits is one of the fastest ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Opponents of proposed Milwaukee I-94 expansion call for pause after federal investigation
Wisconsin Public Radio | January 12, 2024
Opponents of a proposed interstate expansion in Milwaukee are arguing those plans should be put on hold because the project is now the focus of a federal civil rights investigation.

Widening Highways to Combat Traffic Is Like Swallowing a Spider to Eat a Fly
The Good Men Project January 12, 2024
Community leaders in Toledo, Ohio, are questioning the rationale for the widening of Interstate 475, and have been actively campaigning against it.