Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 2/19)

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

Kensington project moves forward
Audacy February 17, 2024
With official approval from the Federal Highway Administration, New York State has been given the green light to move forward with the project, allowing for construction to begin by the fall of 2024.

Advancement of Kensington Expressway project to ‘reconnect east Buffalo communities’
Niagara Frontier Publications February 18, 2024
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced “a major milestone” in the “transformative” Kensington Expressway Project, which “will reconnect neighborhoods within east Buffalo that have been divided for generations, while providing much-needed green space and a new vibrancy to the entire community.”

Madison Avenue Expressway in Youngstown, Ohio could be replaced February 21, 2024
At a meeting last week on plans for Youngstown’s Crab Creek Corridor, the possibility of eliminating the Madison Avenue Expressway and replacing it came to light.

Infrastructure law may increase transportation’s GHG emissions as states spend more on highways
Smart Cities Dive February 21, 2024
Climate advocates have raised concerns about the real-world impact of the 2021 infrastructure law, which could add more than 69 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent to the atmosphere by 2040 based on current spending trends by state transportation departments, according to an analysis by Transportation for America.

Your ultimate guide to the I-35 expansion through Central Austin February 21, 2024
Austin’s I-35 — the spine of the region’s roadway grid — is about to undergo the largest expansion since the highway opened in 1962. 

Racism devastated our Black neighborhoods through highways. We’re building back.
USA Today February 22, 2024
Let’s take a journey back in time to look at two of the vibrant Black enclaves scattered across the country in the early to mid-20th century, one on the East Coast and the other in the Midwest.

State DOTs Spend Even More Money on Highway Expansions Than We Thought
Streetsblog USA February 22, 2024
State DOTs are spending far too much of their most flexible federal infrastructure dollars on highway expansions — and unless they shift that money to sustainable modes fast, it will have dire implications for the climate crisis, an alarming new analysis finds.

What the death of the 710 freeway extension means for the future of transportation
LAist February 22, 2024
This week marked the end of a battle that has divided local communities for longer than most of us have been alive.

San Francisco residents push for Central Freeway demolition 
San Francisco Examiner February 22, 2024
A proposal by a Mission district resident to demolish the nearby Central Freeway is picking up speed with the support of several neighborhood groups, affordable housing advocates and state Sen. Scott Wiener.

The fight heats up over billion dollar mistake to cap a section of Kensington Expressway
Buffalo Rising February 22, 2024
A mounting effort to stop the New York State Department of Transportation’s (NYSDOT) efforts to implement a plan to cap the Kensington Expressway continues to gain speed. 

New York advances Kensington Expressway Project 
Transportation Today February 23, 2024
On Friday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said the Kensington Expressway Project had passed another key hurdle, the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) environmental assessment, and would move forward.

FHWA Approves $1B Expressway Cap Project to Reunite Buffalo, N.Y., Neighborhoods
Engineering News-Record February 23, 2024
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the $1-billion Kensington Expressway project in Buffalo, N.Y. after finding it would have no significant environmental impact, according to a Feb. 22 notice in the Federal Register. 

Buffalo Residents Push Back on Proposed Cap Park 
Planetizen February 23, 2024
When it was built in the 1950s, the Kensington Expressway cleaved neighborhoods on the East Side of Buffalo, New York, apart and led to air quality-related health concerns for nearby residents. 

Bridging the Divide: The Fight to Reclaim Black Communities Split by Highways
BNN Breaking February 23, 2024
Imagine vibrant neighborhoods, alive with the spirit of community, culture, and rich history, suddenly cleaved in two by the steel and concrete of interstate highways.