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Highway Widening

October 12, 2020, 5am PDT
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced $1 billion in BUILD transportation grants, once again showing a preference for car-centric, rural projects in selecting the winners of this competitive grant process.
Transport Topics
October 11, 2020, 9am PDT
Advocates are calling out regional and state transportation planning agencies for a failure of racial justice as plans to widen a freeway in Southern California move forward.
Streetsblog Los Angeles
September 30, 2020, 7am PDT
The Ohio Department of Transportation wants to add lanes to Interstate 77 outside Akron to reduce congestion. Some local officials think the project will connect the region to the East Coast; others think the money would be better spent locally.
Cleveland.com
September 29, 2020, 7am PDT
The final environmental impact statement for the controversial North Houston Highway Improvement Project is available for public comment, courtesy of the Texas Department of Transportation.
Community Impact Newspaper
September 10, 2020, 6am PDT
First proposed in 2019, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's highway widening plan has been trimmed everywhere but the bottom line.
Maryland Matters
July 15, 2020, 8am PDT
The state of Maryland is moving forward with a highway widening plan that would spend $11 billion in a private-partnership to add toll lanes to two Capital Beltway highways.
DCist
July 5, 2020, 11am PDT
The I-5 Rose Quarter project has proven controversial throughout the study and planning process, and now it's losing key local political support.
The Oregonian
June 8, 2020, 6am PDT
The car-centric status quo is continuing unabated even as Fairfax County commits to more urban thinking on transportation and land use planning.
Greater Greater Washington
May 5, 2020, 6am PDT
Transportation plans justified with pre-coronavirus data are now obsolete, according to a line of argument recently presented to the Maryland Transportation Authority.
Maryland Matters
March 8, 2020, 7am PDT
New road capacity doesn't solve congestion, according to the central argument of a new report by Transportation for America.
Transportation for America
January 30, 2020, 7am PST
The public is getting a chance to give feedback on the city's proposed changes to a project that would realign and widen Interstate 45 near downtown Houston.
Houston Chronicle
October 18, 2019, 10am PDT
California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order last month directing state agencies to consider climate goals in their spending and operations. Two weeks later, three highway widening projects were deleted, and locals are crying foul.
Streetsblog California
September 30, 2019, 11am PDT
The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization is proposing a 45-mile network of high-occupancy toll lanes on I–64 that includes conversions of 16 miles of carpool and three miles of general-purpose lanes. No unpriced lanes would be added.
The Virginian-Pilot
September 19, 2019, 9am PDT
Transportation planners are creating extra road capacity to keep up with sprawling development in the I-25 corridor in Colorado's Northern Front Range.
The Denver Post
June 18, 2019, 5am PDT
Several large freeway expansion projects are in various stages of planning and development in the Louisville region of Kentucky. Critics say the projects reflect an obsolete approach to planning and will hurt the state and the city.
WDRB
March 8, 2019, 8am PST
The eight-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase is one of several measures in the Democrat governor's first budget that marks a major departure from the the tenure of former Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Wisconsin Public Radio
February 17, 2019, 1pm PST
The environmental assessment for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project, released on February 15, 2019, promises to be controversial.
The Oregonian
February 12, 2019, 6am PST
State legislators want counties to be able to veto toll projects proposed by Governor Larry Hogan.
The Washington Post
January 30, 2019, 1pm PST
A plan to widen the Interstate 30 in Dallas is pitting state transportation officials, with ostensible goals to serve regional transportation needs, against local officials, who are more concerned with "neighborhood-centric ideals."
The Dallas Morning News
November 20, 2018, 1pm PST
The day after California voters soundly rejected a repeal of a one-year old 12-cents gas tax increase and new annual vehicle registration fees. the Riverside County Transportation Commission launched a study to extend toll lanes on Interstate 15.
The Press Enterprise