Freeway Building Won't Solve Congestion Problem

Studies have shown that building freeways only makes the traffic congestion problem worse.

June 13, 2003, 7:00 AM PDT

By Abhijeet Chavan @

"What if, after spending $6.25 billion to rebuild and widen metro area freeways in the name of relieving congestion, we just make it worse?..It seems counterintuitive. But I've been plodding through an impressive pile-up of studies that come to basically the same conclusion: Freeway building is no cure for congestion. A study of 70 urban areas over a 15-year period found that those investing heavily in wider roads fared no better in easing congestion than areas that did not."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

Sunday, June 8, 2003 in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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