Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 2/5)

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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Freeway Fighters News

Plan to replace I-81 in Syracuse with urban boulevard gets court win
FreightWaves February 4, 2024
A major legal hurdle to tearing down the interstate 81 viaduct through Syracuse, New York, and replacing it with an urban boulevard was cleared Friday when a New York court overturned a ruling blocking the project.

Interstate 35 expansion project impacts businesses, homeowners
CBS Austin February 4, 2024
A multi-billion-dollar project in Austin is getting very different responses.

Fight over I-15 express lanes exposes rift between freeway widening and California climate
Los Angeles Times February 5, 2024
Express lanes on eight miles of the truck-choked Interstate 15 will break ground this year and, officials promise, speed up commuters’ slog through the Inland Empire’s ever-growing sprawl of warehouses, subdivisions and polluted air.

MassDOT’s Allston I-90 Plans Suffer Another Rejection for Federal Funding
StreetsBlog Mass February 6, 2024
For the second year in a row, Washington has rejected a MassDOT request for a large federal grant to finance the Allston Multimodal Project in Boston’s Allston neighborhood.

Freeway Fighters: ‘Stop the Highway-Expansion Madness,’ New Coalition Demands
Streetsblog USA February 6, 2024
“Endless highway expansions are pulling our country into an environmental, budgetary, and public health crisis,” the letter states.

Flush With Biden’s Infrastructure Cash, New York Is Choosing Highways Over Public Transit
New York Focus February 6, 2024
President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a centerpiece of his first term — and a huge windfall for New York. 

UCLA experts advise Pasadena on segregative impact of unbuilt freeway extension
Daily Bruin February 7, 2024
The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies has started to advise the Pasadena City Council on a 50-acre plot of land that was cleared to extend the Interstate 710 freeway and its impact on segregation.

The Long Journey to the Groundbreaking of Oakland’s 14th Street Protected Bikeway
Streetsblog SF February 7, 2024
At the end of January, Oakland electeds, staff, & advocates gathered to celebrate the start of construction for the 14th Street downtown protected bikeway.

‘Trains not lanes’: Residents urge MDOT to take expanding U.S. 23 off the table – February 7, 2024
As state officials study possibilities for a massive overhaul of U.S. 23 on Ann Arbor’s eastern city limit, a group of residents have a simple message.

US DOT Rejection of City Request for BQE ‘Enhancement’ is Good News, Advocates Say
Streetsblog NYC February 7, 2024
He loses some, you win some.

University, City of Austin plan highway caps for more space as part of I-35 expansion
The Daily Texan February 8, 2024
The University is currently working on a plan to build a series of highway caps connecting its campus to the other side of Interstate 35 after the highway undergoes expansion. 

The Bottom-Up Revolution Is…Fighting Freeway Widening in Austin 
Strong Towns February 9, 2024
On this week’s episode of The Bottom-Up Revolution, we’ve got a special double interview with Adam Greenfield and Miriam Schoenfield, who are both freeway fighters based in Austin, Texas.