Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 4/29)

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.

Tuesday, May 7 at 2pm ET, America Walks is hosting journalist and author Megan Kimble to talk about her new book, City Limits: Infrastructure, Inequality, and the Future of America’s Highways. She will be joined by freeway fighters Adam Greenfield and Chloe Cook of Rethink35 and Stop TxDOT I-45. Register here!

Freeway Fighters News

‘It was thriving’: Residents to reimagine Durham Freeway, reconnect destroyed communities after …
CBS 17 April 27, 2024
Efforts are underway to reconnect communities destroyed by the construction of the Durham Freeway, as the city begins to gather feedback from those living near downtown.

Secretary Buttigieg and Black mayors preview transportation projects designed to heal 
CNN April 28, 2024
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Friday joined Black mayors from across the nation to preview the work his department is doing to bring transportation projects to their communities to correct historic wrongs. 

Buttigieg and Black Mayors Collaborate on Transportation Projects Addressing Historic Inequalities
Globe Echo April 28, 2024
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg recently joined Black mayors from around the country to discuss the Biden administration’s $3.3 billion “Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods” program. 

5 Reasons Why We Should End Highway Expansion
The Good Men Project April 28, 2024
North America is addicted to highway expansion. 

Austin could seek $124M federal grant to add highway coverings on top of I-35
KXAN April 30, 2024
 On Thursday, Austin City Council voted to authorize city leaders to submit a federal grant application for up to $124 million for work on the city’s upcoming Our Future 35 “Cap and Stitch” program.

Austin may seek $124M federal grant for decks over lowered I-35
Austin American-Statesman May 1, 2024
The Austin City Council on Thursday will consider applying for a federal infrastructure grant for proposed decks over a lowered Interstate 35 through Austin, exploring additional funding avenues to realize the city’s estimated more than half-billion-dollar program.

Wider Highways Don’t Solve Congestion. So Why Are We Still Knocking Down Homes for Them?
Streetsblog USA May 2, 2024
Growing up, I looked from my bedroom window over the 20-foot backyard wall to see cars, trucks and the occasional motorcycle driving by on the 10-lane, I-405 freeway.

TxDOT wants to widen or elevate I-10 west of downtown. A new plan buries that idea
Houston Chronicle May 2, 2024
Between the shrill of large trucks barreling down Interstate 10 – when only the whoosh of cars dominates the din – Matt Tetlow tries to overcome the noise to talk about how Houston can avoid having the freeway cut into its center.

Portion of SF’s Great Highway will be permanently closed to cars 
San Francisco Chronicle May 2, 2024
A mile-long portion of San Francisco’s Great Highway is set to close to car traffic for good by early 2026, as part of a project to protect the city’s western shore from rising sea levels.

Houston Community Challenges TxDOT’s I-10 Expansion with “No Higher No Wider” Plan
Hoodline May 3, 2024
Houston’s highways are set to undergo massive changes, with multiple expansion projects on the drawing board that are poised to reshape the city’s landscape. 

America Walks releases letter of support for coalition in opposing I-475 widening project
WTOL May 3, 2024
America Walks, a national organization dedicated to advancing walkable and accessible communities, released a letter of support to a west Toledo neighborhood group opposing an Ohio Department of Transportation project.