Highway Widening

4 days ago
Widening highways won't reduce congestion—that's the conclusion of a report paid for by the state agency proposing several highway widening projects in Oregon.
The Portland Mercury
February 1, 2018, 2pm PST
Local urbanists are opposing a plan to greatly expand a freeway intersection in neighborhoods adjacent to Downtown Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Business Journal
January 6, 2018, 5am PST
A proposed project that would widen and add toll lanes to a section of the I-25 freeway between Colorado Springs and Denver has received a key chunk of funding.
The Gazette
November 21, 2017, 10am PST
News of the details of the negotiation between Taiwan-based Foxconn and the state of Wisconsin have revealed ideas about transportation planning that are either ambitious or delusional, depending on your opinion.
Biz Times
November 9, 2017, 1pm PST
Colorado Springs and El Paso County voters agreed to add the highway widening to a list of projects that a regional transportation authority can fund. They passed an additional funding measure enabling county funds to be spent rather than refunded.
The Gazette
October 23, 2017, 9am PDT
A coalition of environmentalists, civil rights activists, and other community interests teamed up to successfully oppose a Milwaukee highway widening proposal. In an interview, one of the leading lawyers discusses his work.
Streetsblog USA
October 5, 2017, 10am PDT
The proposed widening of I-94 in Milwaukee is a $1.1 billion chunk of a $6.4 billion road widening program in the region. The NAACP sued the project as a matter of environmental justice.
Wisconsin Gazette
September 29, 2017, 6am PDT
Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) announced last week plans for the largest highway contract awarded to a public-private partnership: adding four express toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and I-270. A third highway widening will be completed internally.
September 23, 2017, 1pm PDT
Governor Larry Hogan's $9 Billion Highway Plan Critiqued
Streetsblog USA
September 8, 2017, 10am PDT
Faced with an uptick in roadway fatalities, Oregon is looking at how to increase safety. But it's concentrating on highways while arterials actually account for the region's most severe crashes.
City Observatory
August 18, 2017, 12pm PDT
No one's suggesting that freeways will be converted to tollways, but a pattern is emerging that when freeways are widened, express lanes, financed in part by user fees, are being added rather than mixed-flow lanes. Case in point: the Inland Empire.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
August 9, 2017, 12pm PDT
A piece in The Nation argues a Denver highway plan will further shrink the black community in that city through the use of eminent domain.
The Nation
August 5, 2017, 9am PDT
A 16-mile express lane and general purpose lane will be added in each direction of the San Diego Freeway in Orange County. A $629 million TIFIA loan will be repaid by toll-paying motorists, while all taxpayers pay most of the remainder.
Daily Pilot (Los Angeles Times)
April 20, 2017, 12pm PDT
A new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and the Frontier Group indicates that highway boondoggles have been getting bigger, more costly, with the benefits more limited. Nine projects are analyzed in "Highway Boondoggles 3."
Illinois PIRG
December 22, 2016, 11am PST
Was the I-405 widening project worth it for Los Angeles? Depends on whom you ask.
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2016, 10am PDT
Streetsblog slams Caltrans for wasting $1.9 billion on futile freeway widening projects.
May 10, 2016, 6am PDT
Apparently to galvanize public support, the Colorado Department of Transportation and an Ohio chamber of commerce have produced videos touting the benefits of widening projects for low-income communities.
Streetsblog USA
May 7, 2016, 7am PDT
A massive highway widening project will soon begin construction in the city of Mississauga, Ontario.
Toronto Sun
April 28, 2016, 11am PDT
Although many local activists and officials oppose the trend, Arkansas state planners are considering major highway expansions in the Little Rock area. The state's highway department has demonstrated a pro-car, pro-suburb agenda.
The Atlantic
April 11, 2016, 8am PDT
Orange County, California transportation officials want to widen the 405 to reduce travel times and ease predicted congestion. The cities of Seal Beach and Long Beach are concerned about how that will impact traffic on surface streets.