Freeway Expansion

Freeway on-ramp sign for Interstate 15 in California.

California Commission Approves Freeway Expansion

The state Transportation Commission ultimately voted to move a controversial Inland Empire interstate project forward.

February 6, 2024 - Streetsblog California

View of traffic on Interstate 35 in Austin, Texas.

Austin Freeway Expansion Fight Continues

Opponents of the project have filed another lawsuit in hopes of halting the widening of Interstate 35.

February 1, 2024 - KUT

Close-up of green Interstate 5 freeway sign pointing to Redding and Sacramento.

Caltrans Forges Ahead With Freeway Widening Proposal

Despite the state’s commitments to reducing driving and roadway expansions, Caltrans is proposing an expansion of Interstate 5 in far northern California.

November 14, 2023 - Streetsblog California

Close-up on map of Toledo, Ohio.

Wielding Data to Fight Freeway Expansions in Toledo

A group of resident advocates is challenging the Ohio Department of Transportation’s arguments in favor of a proposed interstate widening.

October 25, 2023 - Strong Towns

View of Interstate 205 bridge over Columbia River with Mt. Hood in background.

The Unceremonious Death of a Freeway Expansion Project

The end of an Oregon freeway project didn't get much fanfare, but the victory is worth celebrating.

September 19, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Aerial view of freeway interchange in downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas Residents Push Back on Freeway Expansion

A state plan to widen an interstate that cuts through downtown Las Vegas would displace hundreds of homes and businesses.

September 7, 2023 - Nevada Current

Aerial view of five-level freeway interchange in Houston, Texas with bridges spanning green bayou.

Texas Approves $100 Billion Road Building Plan

The state is making a record investment in expanding and maintaining roads and highways, including an expansion of Interstate 10 and new managed lanes in Houston.

August 17, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Traffic and green freeway signs with Santa Monica and LAX destinations on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles, California

L.A. Metro Pushes for More Freeway Expansion Funds

After the last expansion project, traffic on I-405 only got worse. Metro wants to try again.

June 16, 2023 - Streetsblog LA

Dallas Freeways

Federal Infrastructure Dollars Funding Road Expansions

Far from kickstarting a transformative change in transportation policy, the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure law continues to fund traditional road-building projects.

June 9, 2023 - Climatewire

Blue and white Interstate 15 North sign against backdrop of blue sky and snow-capped mountains in Utah

Utah DOT Plans to Expand Interstate Despite Local Concerns

With more evidence pointing to the futility of expanding freeways, the state could take a creative approach to improving travel times and providing additional transportation options.

May 31, 2023 - The Salt Lake Tribune

Historic Deep Ellum street sign, Dallas, Texas

Dallas City Council to Vote on Controversial Freeway Trenching Plan

A proposal to bury part of Interstate 345 in a 65-foot trench is the latest in a debate that has lasted more than ten years as the freeway reaches the end of its useful life.

May 16, 2023 - D Magazine

Aerial view of freeways and downtown Houston skyline

Interstate Expansion to Go Ahead in Houston

The North Houston Highway Improvement Project, stalled by a federal investigation, will now go ahead with only a few tweaks that opponents say don’t go far enough to mitigate the damage it will cause to Houston neighborhoods.

March 16, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

View of Houston freeways and downtown skyline in the background against blue sky with white clouds

In Houston, Housing Loses Out to Freeways

TxDOT plans to demolish hundreds of apartments for its interstate widening project despite local calls to preserve the buildings as affordable housing.

February 17, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Portland Interchange

Oregon Toll Road Proposals Raise Cost, Equity Concerns

The state’s plan to implement tolls to reduce congestion and promote alternate transportation modes is facing some backlash as critics argue the revenue shouldn’t fund road expansion projects.

February 15, 2023 - Oregon Live

Rendering of freeway deck over Interstate 10 in El Paso

El Paso Freeway Cap Linked to Road Expansion

A deck reconnecting neighborhoods divided by the interstate is part of a controversial freeway expansion proposal.

January 27, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Serial view of elevated freeway interchanges with downtown Houston in background

Details for Houston Interstate Project Remain Hazy

With the project still under federal investigation, local and state agencies say they are moving forward with the development of design details for the contentious freeway redesign.

January 19, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Aerial view of Houston freeway interchanges with downtown skyline in background

Halted Interstate Expansion Could Proceed in Houston

Local and state officials have come to an ‘historic’ agreement that could move the stalled project forward.

December 28, 2022 - Houston Chronicle

A map showing planned and under-construction segments of roads in Nebraska.

Federal Infrastructure Bill Accelerates Nebraska’s Plans for 600-Mile Expressway

Nebraska is in the process of criss-crossing the state with a new expressway system. According to state transportation officials, the final push to complete the multi-decade project will be aided by Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding.

December 19, 2022 - Omaha World-Herald

View of Houston buildings over White Oak Bayou

Proposed Park Yet Another Hurdle for Houston Interstate Expansion

The Interstate 45 widening project, halted by a federal order and opposed by many local officials and organizations, could hit a new snag if White Oak Bayou becomes a city park.

November 25, 2022 - Axios

Aerial view of Interstate 35 bridge over river into downtown Austin, Texas with skyline in background

Highway Expansion Moves Forward in Austin Despite Local Opposition

The Texas Department of Transportation plans to build an elevated freeway segment as part of its plan to widen Interstate 35 through central Texas.

November 17, 2022 - KUT

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