New Orleans Debates Highway To Boulevard Project

According to a new draft master plan, the Clairborne Expressway may be the next freeway to join the nation's growing highway to boulevard movement.

"Now, shifting national trends and looming maintenance expenses have experts talking about the possibility of removing the Claiborne Expressway from the Pontchartrain Expressway to Elysian Fields Avenue. Traffic would flow on surface streets or along Interstate 610.

Removal of the Claiborne Expressway was proposed by the two-year-old Unified New Orleans Plan and is a key recommendation in the city's draft master plan.

'I-10 is something that lots and lots of people complained about, especially in terms of its damage to Treme,' said David Dixon, a principal with Goody Clancy, the firm that is creating the draft of the master plan."

Thanks to Ann Daigle

Full Story: Planners push to tear out elevated I-10 over Claiborne

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