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Freeways Without Futures 2017

Scajaquada Expressway in Buffalo, NY (Credit: Mike Puma)
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

New Haven highway signs (Doug Kerr / Flickr)
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

One of the first highways in the US to be eliminated to make way for a park was Portland, Oregon’s Harbor Drive built on the shore of the Willamette River. In 1974 the transformation work began that gave rise to Tom McCall Park. (Source: Arch Daily)
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

A rendering of the forthcoming Presidio land development
​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

CNU and USDOT Announce Every Place Counts Design Challenge Winners

The Vine Street Expressway cuts through Philadelphia (Ian Freimuth/Flickr)
​ For decades, residents of neighborhoods bisected by highways have suffered from higher levels of air and water pollution, decreased economic opportunity, limited mobility options, less-active lifestyles, and greater likelihood of being struck by a car and killed. The Every Place Counts Design Challenge will provide technical assistance to repair the urban fabric in neighborhoods bifurcated by interstate highways. Read more... Read more

Green Infrastructure Techniques for Coastal Highway Resilience

(Credit: Center for Coastal Resources Management, Virginia Institute of Marine Science)
​ The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces a research funding opportunity to conduct assessments of green infrastructure solutions to improve the resilience of coastal highways and bridges to climate change impacts. Coastal green infrastructure includes dunes, wetlands, living shorelines, oyster reefs, beaches, and artificial reefs. These features may offer protection from waves, erosion, sea level rise, and storm surge. Proposals due June 1. Learn more... Read more
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