Highways

Boise Idaho

Boise’s New Planning Director Warns Against 'Dysfunctional Highways'

On the heels of his stint as Atlanta’s planning director, Tim Keane says Boise should avoid following in the path of American cities that have let highway expansion and sprawl go unchecked for decades.

May 27, 2022 - Boise State Public Radio

Seattle, Washington

Residents Call for Highway Removal in Seattle Neighborhood

As more planners begin to question the value of urban freeways, communities that have long borne the negative impacts of highway construction are fighting back with data.

February 23, 2022 - Seattle Times

Highway Construction

Top Republicans Encourage Governors to Ignore FHWA Guidance

Senators McConnell and Capito reject the administration's efforts to steer federal funds to infrastructure projects that prioritize road maintenance and transit and pedestrian improvements over new road construction.

February 10, 2022 - Route Fifty

Detroit Freeway

How Policymakers Are Grappling With the Racist Legacy of Urban Freeways

In Michigan, the state's Department of Transportation is looking for ways to mitigate the damage caused by decades of urban renewal policies and reconnect neighborhoods cut off from amenities and opportunities by highway projects.

February 7, 2022 - Deadline Detroit

Cars in the snow

Snowstorm That Stranded Thousands Prompts Questions About Auto-Centric Development

After thousands of motorists spent over a day on a snowbound Virginia highway, experts are warning that auto-centric sprawl will worsen the impacts of extreme weather events.

January 6, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

SR-99 on-ramp in Seattle

Seattle Neighborhood Calls for Highway Removal

South Park becomes the latest community to call for the removal of a highway segment that has cut off the neighborhood from local amenities for decades.

December 30, 2021 - The Urbanist

Downtown Houston overlooking Interstate 45.

Contentious Houston Freeway Widening Project Inches Forward

Federal officials have given TxDOT the go-ahead to resume work on a small portion of a controversial interstate widening project in downtown Houston.

December 5, 2021 - The Houston Chronicle

Texas Highways

Freeway Expansions Continue to Threaten Black and Brown Communities

Despite calls to center equity in infrastructure projects, highway construction and expansion still disproportionately impacts communities of color, according to a Los Angeles Times investigation.

November 16, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

CN Tower rises above Gardiner Expressway on Toronto Waterfront

Proposed Toronto Highways Raise Environmental Concerns

Opponents of two new planned highways in greater Toronto argue the construction of new roads is 'short-sighted at best' and would threaten the region's greenbelt areas.

November 14, 2021 - blogTO

 View south along Interstate 95 (Pennsylvania Turnpike Delaware River Extension) at Exit 40 (Interstate 276 WEST/Pennsylvania Turnpike, Harrisburg) in Bristol Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

New Interchange Planned Along Pennsylvania Turnpike

Local leaders hope the new interchange will invigorate economic development in the area by providing easier access to the turnpike.

November 4, 2021 - The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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