Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 3/11)

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

I-94 expansion in Milwaukee receives federal approval
WPR March 9, 2024
A plan to widen Interstate 94 in Milwaukee has received federal approval.

I-94’s $1.2 billion expansion is proceeding. Another freeway debate looms over I-794 downtown
Yahoo Finance March 11, 2024
One of southeastern Wisconsin’s largest freeway projects in several years, the expansion of Interstate 94 on Milwaukee’s west side, is to begin work in 2025 − even as its opponents hope to see another nearby freeway dismantled.

MnDOT poised to reduce or remove Olson Memorial Highway
MinnPost March 11, 2024
As harms of urban freeways have become clear over the last few decades, there’s a lot of talk about freeway removal in the U.S. 

Philadelphia to get $158M federal grant for Chinatown Stitch Project construction
6ABC March 11, 2024
Philadelphia’s Chinatown Stitch Project got a major boost in funding on Monday.

Syracuse’s I-81 Project receives $180M in federal funding for neighborhood equity
CNY Central March 11, 2024
Highly competitive federal funding of more than $180 million has been awarded to Syracuse’s I-81 Project.

Syracuse beats out hundreds of cities for $180M grant to help neighborhood rise in place of I-81 March 11, 2024
A plan to rebuild parts of Syracuse that languished in the shadows of Interstate 81 for more than half a century is about to move a step closer to reality.

Austin receives $105 million for East Cesar Chavez cap
Community Impact March 11, 2024
The first major chunk of funding for Austin’s plan to add caps and stitches over a revamped I-35 came through March 11, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, announced.

Merkley: Reconnecting Albina community ‘not a fantasy anymore’ March 11, 2024
In what he called “a big win for justice,” Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley told KOIN 6 News the idea of reconnecting the Albina community is “not a fantasy anymore.”

Money from Biden’s Infrastructure Law to reconnect Philadelphia’s Chinatown
Keystone Newsroom March 12, 2024
Close to $159 million in federal funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be used to right a historical wrong in the city of Philadelphia and reconnect Chinatown by covering the Vine Street Expressway with a public park. 

Syracuse lands $180 million grant to enhance neighborhoods after I-81 comes down
WAER March 12, 2024
The City of Syracuse is celebrating the news that it’s received one of the largest awards under a new federal program aimed at reconnecting neighborhoods like those near the I-81 viaduct when it comes down. 

Widening sole road to Denver International Airport sparks transit discussion
Denver Gazette March 12, 2024
More lanes may be coming to Pena Boulevard as Denver seeks to improve traffic flow to and from the third busiest airport in the world. 

How Biden’s Laws Could Reshape US Infrastructure
Business Insider March 12, 2024
The state of US infrastructure is bad. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave it a C-minus in 2021 and said the US needed about $2.6 trillion in infrastructure investment over a decade.

Federal grant provides $105M for Chavez-Fourth Street cap over rebuilt I-35
Austin Monitor March 12, 2024
The city received a boost in its plan to construct broad, plaza-like caps over sunken portions of Interstate 35, with the announcement of a $105 million federal grant to fund a portion of the construction.

Letter from Minneapolis: The Legacy of Highway Construction
Streetsblog USA March 12, 2024
Cities in the United States underwent major surgery between 1940 and 1970 to make way for the construction of the interstate highway system.

San Diego, National City receive grant to reconnect communities divided by freeways
KPBS March 13, 2024
San Diego and National City have been selected to receive a state grant meant to help reconnect communities that were divided by freeways, state transportation officials announced Tuesday.

Over $200 million promised to reconnect Atlanta communities with ‘The Stitch’: Ga. lawmakers say
WSB-TV March 13, 2024
Decades after the U.S. interstate system cut through part of downtown Atlanta and split the community in the area around West Peachtree Street to Cortland Street, federal lawmakers from Georgia announced new funding to help reconnect those neighborhoods.

Biden in Milwaukee highlights infrastructure investment to fix ‘divided communities’
Wisconsin Examiner March 14, 2024
With his visit to Milwaukee Wednesday, President Joe Biden sought to bring together complementary issues his administration has highlighted — rebuilding infrastructure and addressing systemic wrongs that have dislocated urban and low-income communities.

$3.3B in federal grants announced for communities split apart by highways
Route Fifty March 14, 2024
The Biden administration on Wednesday unveiled the winners of more than $3.3 billion in grants for one of its signature infrastructure initiatives, an effort that aims to reduce the harm caused by the construction of highways, rail lines and other infrastructure that sliced through neighborhoods across the country.

Despite Funding Windfalls, the Future of the Rose Quarter I-5 Project Remains Uncertain
Portland Mercury March 14, 2024
Without federal support or funding for the project, momentum on the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) plan to widen and add caps over I-5 through the Rose Quarter has stalled over the past few months.

Freeways split San Diego’s communities of color. This new Caltrans project aims to reconnect them.
San Diego Union-Tribune March 14, 2024
Neighborhoods in southeastern San Diego and National City that were disconnected by Interstate 805 construction are part of a pilot program that will provide millions for parks, bike lanes and other amenities.

California Launches Highway-to-Boulevard Pilot to Reconnect
Hoodline March 14, 2024
California’s Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a bold initiative aimed to stitch up the social fabric torn by urban freeways.

Biden announces $3 billion project to restore communities split by highways as he continues …
CNN March 15, 2024
President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced $3 billion in funding meant to help reconnect communities split by highways and other infrastructure projects decades ago as he continues his post-State of the Union campaign blitz in several crucial battleground states.

Dallas neighborhoods divided by highways get $80 million
Dallas Morning News March 15, 2024
Four pedestrian zones aimed at reuniting Dallas neighborhoods divided by highways are a step closer to reality thanks to $80 million in federal grant awards announced Wednesday.

A New Orleans Neighborhood Confronts the Racist Legacy of a Toxic Stretch of Highway
KFF Health News March 15, 2024
Aside from a few discarded hypodermic needles on the ground, the Hunter’s Field Playground in New Orleans looks almost untouched.