Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 6/24)

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

NYC Releases $5 Billion Plan to Rebuild Brooklyn-Queens Expressway 
Bloomberg June 21, 2024
New York City is releasing a new plan to fix a deteriorating stretch of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, which carries 130,000 cars and trucks per day but is in such poor shape that sensors weigh trucks crossing the deck in real time to prevent heavy vehicles from collapsing the highway.

Minnesota highway projects will need to consider climate impacts in planning
Energy News Network June 21, 2024
The recent expansion of a groundbreaking transportation law in Minnesota means all major highway projects in the state will soon be scrutinized for their impact on climate emissions.

The climate-driven push to stop expanding California’s traffic-choked freeways hits a roadblock
Yahoo News June 21, 2024
Underneath the Yolo Causeway near Sacramento, where a nearly half-billion-dollar effort is underway to add toll lanes to Interstate 80 and ease congestion, swollen rivers fill wetlands in the winter season and bat colonies roost in the bridge’s grooves in warm months.

The Surprising Social Costs of American Highways 
Next Big Idea Club June 25, 2024
Megan Kimble is an investigative journalist based in Austin, Texas, primarily covering housing and transportation. 

Advocates Push MnDOT to Consider Replacing I-94 With Boulevard June 25, 2024
Our Streets hosted a Rethinking Interstate 94 rally on June 13 at MnDOT’s office in St. Paul that brought together a coalition of community members, activists and public officials advocating for transformative changes to the I-94 corridor. 

Interstate flyover that divides Savannah is on chopping block 
Atlanta Journal-Constitution June 26, 2024
Richard Shinhoster has long believed Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be reborn.

ReThink I-375 coalition releases list of ‘action items’ for MDOT
WDET 101.9 FM June 27, 2024
ReThink I-375, a coalition of community voices challenging the “I-375 Reconnecting Communities Project,” released a list of 11 action items directed to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and other government officials on Tuesday.