Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 3/4)

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.

The City of Seattle released an RFQ for consulting services for the Reconnecting Communities Pilot grant for the Reconnect South Park project. The full RFQ and submittal information is available here: All submissions due Thursday, March 28, 2024.

Freeway Fighters News

Cost of Trenching I-345 Balloons to $1.6 Billion
D Magazine March 5, 2024
On Wednesday, the Texas Department of Transportation will deliver its first briefing to the Dallas City Council since the body last year approved a plan to remove and trench I-345, the presently elevated highway between downtown and Deep Ellum. 

Air pollution concerns haunt TxDOT’s I-45 highway expansion 
Chron March 5, 2024
Air quality advocates found several “gaps” in how the Texas Department of Transportation measures air quality around one of the segments of the I-45 expansion project, raising several questions about whether the project and construction will increase air pollution. 

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Funds Have ‘Overwhelmingly’ Gone to Highway Projects
Planetizen March 5, 2024
When it was passed in 2021, the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law was touted as a once-in-a-generation investment in the nation’s infrastructure, from ports, airports, rail, and roads to clean water, internet, and public transit — all with a focus on climate mitigation and resilience, equity, and safety.

Reconstruction plans for I-345 roll on though no funds sought for new study
Dallas Morning News March 7, 2024
Dallas officials say they didn’t seek outside funds to pay for a new study looking at alternatives to reconstructing Interstate 345 despite requests from City Council members last year to do so.

Estimated cost of I-345 plan rises to over $1.6 billion while Dallas officials call for more review
KERA News March 7, 2024
The estimated costs of remodeling the decades-old Interstate Highway 345 that runs through downtown Dallas have increased over $500 million.

Rethinking I-94: Two Meetings, Two Steps Forward March 7, 2024
The Rethinking I-94 process advanced last month with two public meetings updating us on the project. 

Metro’s Orwellian Take: Adding Miles of New Lanes to the 710 Freeway Is Not Expanding …
Streetsblog LA March 8, 2024
After the community caught Metro and Caltrans defying federal clean air law, Metro radically pared back its 710 Freeway expansion plans.

Rethinking I-94 with the help of Our Streets
The Oracle March 8, 2024
Our Streets, a grassroots organization based out of Minneapolis, is working to reimagine what I-94 could look like to better serve the community on a local and global scale.

MnDOT designs for Olson Memorial Highway aim to improve sense of community in north Minneapolis
Sahan Journal March 8, 2024
Minnesota transportation officials on Tuesday debuted new design options to remake a state highway that runs through north Minneapolis into a better place to walk, bike, and take transit. 

People vs. cars: The I-94 debate is more important than you think
Minnesota Reformer March 8, 2024
What if I told you the Minnesota Department of Transportation is quietly considering the biggest Twin Cities policy decision of this century?