Highway Expansion

View of highway overpass under construction from underneath.

The Infrastructure Law Could Increase Transportation Emissions

With so much funding going to highway construction and expansion, the 2021 law could add 69 million metric tons of carbon to the atmosphere in the next two decades.

February 21, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

Google street view of American Avenue overpass over Highway 99 in Fresno, California.

Transportation Secretary Orders Review of Fresno Highway Project

The decision follows a lawsuit by local groups who say Caltrans should not have exempted two interchange expansions from environmental review.

January 17, 2024 - Fresnoland

Close-up of worker using machine to press down fresh asphalt on road.

State Transportation Leaders Call for Maintenance Over New Projects

Experts suggest departments facing budget gaps should prioritize basic repairs and maintenance over road-building and highway expansion projects.

January 5, 2024 - Stateline

View of trucks on Interstate 15 with desert mountains in background in Southern California.

California Commission Rejects Highway Expansion Funding

The move to deny requested funds signals a shift in mindset away from rubber-stamping road projects.

December 18, 2023 - Streetsblog California

Bird's eye view of moderately busy large freeway interchange in California.

Opinion: California Must Walk the Walk on Transportation Emissions

While state leaders tout their climate goals at COP28, residents back home continue to fight highway expansion projects that induce traffic and increase emissions.

December 11, 2023 - Streetsblog California

Excavator parked on side of highway under construction with overpass bridge in background.

The Nation’s Most Wasteful Highway Projects

The 2023 Highway Boondoggles report is here.

November 10, 2023 - PIRG

Green road sign with "Welcome to Texas" above Texas flag and "Drive Friendly - the Texas Way" below.

Federal Carbon Reduction Funds Could Finance Highway Projects in Texas

Transit advocates say the state’s carbon reduction strategy reveals a continued preference for car-oriented infrastructure.

November 7, 2023 - Texas Tribune

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Caltrans Demotes Official Who Challenged Road Expansion Projects

An employee was reassigned after bringing up concerns about highway projects that she alleges improperly skirted environmental review.

October 8, 2023 - Politico

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 road construction with yellow heavy equipment parked next to two-lane asphalt road against green forest and blue sky

Survey: Americans Don’t Support Road Expansions

U.S. transportation policy, which still heavily centers automobile infrastructure, is increasingly out of step with the majority opinion, according to a new survey from Transportation for America.

July 4, 2023 - Transportation for America

Signs for Interstate 270 and Interstate 495 on roadside in Maryland

Coalition Keeps up the Fight Against Maryland Highway Project

Environmentalists and community groups are asking a federal judge to rule in their favor to require Maryland’s department of transportation to conduct a thorough environmental review before expanding Interstate 270.

June 21, 2023 - Maryland Matters

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

View of joggers on Brooklyn Bridge Park trail in foreground with Brooklyn-Queens Expressway traffic in background and brick buildings behind the highway

Expressway Expansion Could Threaten Brooklyn Bridge Park

Supporters of the waterfront park worry NYCDOT’s plan to potentially widen the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway could reduce green space in “one of the most expensive urban parks ever built.”

April 6, 2023 - StreetsBlog NYC

Dusk view of blurred car lights passing on freeway with Houston skyline in background

How Houston’s Highways Impact Neighborhoods

A chapter in a new book highlights how highway construction forced changes and caused displacement in communities that included public housing developments.

March 13, 2023 - Next City

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

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

Old church and modern glass building in downtown Boston, Massachusetts

How One Massachusetts Governor Rejected Car-Oriented Development

Fifty years ago, Governor Francis W. Sargent nixed a proposed expressway and set in motion a transportation future for Boston that would be remarkably different from many other U.S. cities.

December 7, 2022 - The Boston Globe

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

Closeup of blue I-94 and I-43 signs with arrows

Wisconsin To Expand Interstate 94 in Milwaukee

The state’s department of transportation is moving forward with a proposal that will expand the freeway to eight lanes, rejecting a ‘Fix at Six’ plan that would have kept the existing six lanes.

November 14, 2022 - Urban Milwaukee

Claiborne Ave expressway passing over Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans

‘Reconnecting Communities’ Could Fund Highway Expansions

Applications to the program reveal a pattern of state agencies requesting funds for projects that perpetuate car-centric development with only nominal equity components.

November 6, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

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