Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 1/29)

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

‘Highway to nowhere’ may be getting somewhere with help from the community
WMAR January 27, 2024
“Trying to repair the damages of the last 50 plus years.”

Repair for Cross Bronx Expressway’s neighborhood division gets $150M federal grant
Crain’s New York Business January 27, 2024
New York will advance an infrastructure project repairing some of the harms wrought by the Cross Bronx Expressway thanks to a new $150 million White House grant, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Thursday.

I-35 expansion sparks civil rights complaint and another lawsuit January 29, 2024
Opponents of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) plans to widen Interstate 35 from Ben White Boulevard to U.S. 290 East are taking their fight to federal court.

New lawsuit aims to block TxDOT’s Interstate 35 expansion plans through downtown Austin
Audacy January 29, 2024
A project looking to expand an eight-mile stretch of Interstate 35 through downtown Austin appears headed for yet another court challenge.

Why parts of Philadelphia will close to cap I-95 and why Wilmington can’t make it work
Delaware Online January 29, 2024
Make sure to add some extra travel time if you’re planning to visit Philadelphia this coming weekend — parts of I-95 will be completely closed from Feb. 3-6 for demolitions between Chestnut and Walnut streets in Center City, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The Stitch makes strides to reconnect Downtown Atlanta
Rough Draft Atlanta January 30, 2024
Often, the most transformative ideas are born out of necessity.

I-35 expansion opponents file lawsuit
Axios January 30, 2024
Opponents of a massive I-35 expansion are turning to the courts to stymie the plan.

Texas Highway Expansion Will Harm Local Communities, Suit Says
Bloomberg Law News January 30, 2024
The Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration didn’t properly consider the environmental consequences when approving a highway expansion project, groups said.

TxDOT faces lawsuit, civil rights complaint over plans to widen I-35 through Central Austin
Austin American-Statesman January 30, 2024
Texas highway officials planning to widen Interstate 35 through Central Austin, where construction is slated to begin later this year, face a new legal challenge from opponents concerned about possible environmental and public health effects.

I-35 expansion project: Rethink35, community partners announce lawsuit against TxDOT
FOX 7 Austin January 30, 2024
Community activists are suing TxDOT over a plan to expand I-35. 

Rethink35 sues TxDOT over I-35 expansion plans
The Daily Texan January 30, 2024
A non-profit organization announced its new lawsuit against the Texas Department of Transportation at a press conference on Monday in front of the agency’s headquarters. 

Opponents want N.J. to ditch $10.7B Turnpike extension plan, send money to NJ Transit January 31, 2024
Opponents of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s $10.7 billion project to, among other things, widen the Turnpike extension to and from the Holland Tunnel want to know when they get to officially comment on the massive project’s first phase.

Rethink35 Sues TxDOT Again to Block Highway Expansion
The Austin Chronicle February 1, 2024
Late last Friday, Rethink35 announced it is suing the Texas Department of Transportation for the second time over the I-35 expansion and filing a civil rights (Title VI) complaint with the federal government asking for intervention.