Tag Archives: freeways

Arizona DOT ponders paving over paradise


  Are they NUTS? Among the alternatives being considered by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for future Interstate 11 (I-11) are two (2) options that would loop it west of Tucson through the stunningly gorgeous Avra Valley. Who in … Continue reading

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Ann Arbor’s new “FlexRoute” dynamic shoulder lanes


The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently opened flexroute lanes along a nine mile segment of US 23 north of Ann Arbor. This was done as a cost saving alternative ($92 million) to three-laning the freeway ($400 million) through this … Continue reading

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Putting Humpty Dumpty Cities back together again


  Some may wonder what in the world this nursery rhyme has to do with cities. Well, it’s essentially a metaphor for those cities that were devastated by freeway construction in the 1950s through 1980s. Much in the way Humpty … Continue reading

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The age of the aerotropolis beltway


In the midst of reading John Kasarda and Greg Lindsay’s definitive and thoroughly interesting book entitled Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, I began to ponder some of the surface transportation ramifications of this megatrend. In particular, those impacts taking … Continue reading

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Saying goodbye to Kokoslowmotion


If you happen to have grown up in Indiana or pass through the central part of the state from time to time, you have no doubt driven the U.S. 31 bypass around Kokomo. You may also recall that today, the … Continue reading

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Healing the scars left by cars


While individual car ownership has created many negative impacts on cities, the two that tend to be the most noticeable to me are the once-thriving neighborhoods that were carved up and divided by freeway networks and those downtown cores that … Continue reading

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