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Freeway Lids: Reconnecting Communities and Creating New Land for Development

​Interstate 94, which connects Minneapolis and St. Paul, had a devastating impact on urban neighborhoods when it was completed in 1968. Fifty years later, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has launched an initiative to redevelop the aging interstate to serve communities as well as cars. MnDOT has proposed building freeway lids at key sites along the I-94 corridor to reestablish street grids and neighborhood connectivity. ULI Minnesota created a comprehensive vision that leverages the power of freeway lids to... Read more

Freeways Without Futures 2017

In Freeways Without Futures 2017, the Congress for the New Urbanism identifies the ten worst urban highways in America, each of which could be removed to fight pollution, ease traffic, and improve walkability and health. Additionally, for the first time, this report chronicles graduated highway campaigns that are successfully moving forward with removal. Learn more... Read more

Highway Conversion to Reconnect New Haven Neighborhoods

The city of New Haven, Connecticut is leveraging $36 million in federal TIGER grants to convert an urban-renewal-era highway spur into more of a pedestrian-friendly boulevard, opening up 10 acres of land in the city center for development in the process. By transforming the highway into a boulevard that slows traffic and links with downtown cross streets, the city hopes to knit the neighborhoods back together. Read more... Read more

6 Cities That Have Transformed Their Highways Into Urban Parks

Building a highway in a city is often thought of as a solution to traffic congestion. However, the induced demand theory has shown that when drivers have more routes, they choose to continue using this medium instead of using public transport or a bicycle, and as a result, congestion doesn’t decrease. As a result, some cities have chosen to remove spaces designated for cars and turn what was once a highway into urban parks and less congested streets. Read more... Read more

Fastlane Grants

U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Build America Bureau is soliciting project applications for up to $850 million in Fastlane grants. The name is an acronym that stands for “Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies.” The program will use money set aside in the Highway Trust Fund under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to help pay for high-priority freight and highway projects across the Country. Applications due December 15. Learn more and... Read more

San Francisco’s Plan to Bury a Freeway

​For a long time, a hulking viaduct of concrete and steel known as Doyle Drive, split the northern tip of San Francisco in two, cutting right through the Presidio, the U.S. Army base at the mouth of San Francisco Bay. When the Presidio was decommissioned, the land was turned into a national park, and its buildings were redeveloped as housing, restaurants, offices, art spaces and more. Now there is a plan to surround the road with a tunnel and then cover the tunnel with parkland... Read more
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