Skip to Content
Streetsblog USA home
Streetsblog USA home
Log In

Freeways

Who Regrets Tearing Down the Embarcadero Freeway?

An excerpt from John King's Portal: San Francisco's Ferry Building and the Reinvention of American Cities—and a reminder of how much attitudes can change about car-dominated cities and infrastructure.

February 27, 2024

2023 Was the Year of Metro Freeway Widening

Metro quietly finished work on two 5 Freeway widening mega-projects, and started work on widening the 57/60, 91, and 605 - while continuing work on numerous widenings under construction — plus planning future mega-widenings.

December 27, 2023

Highway Expansion Project Not Approved by California Transportation Commission

Adding another lane won't reduce congestion, yet Caltrans keeps doing it, and the CTC usually approves the money for it. There's too little discussion of alternatives.ornia Transportation Commission.

December 14, 2023

Calif. Using ‘Auxiliary Lane’ Freeway Widening Loophole for Non-Aux Lane Projects

Beyond just using harmful loopholes legally, Metro and Caltrans deceptively bypass environmental regulations in order to keep on widening freeways.

December 8, 2023

How the 10 Freeway Closure is Impacting Transit Riders

As the 10 Freeway closure clogs central L.A. surface streets, Metro and L.A. City claim they are making trains go faster.

November 17, 2023

I Lost My Job at Caltrans for Speaking Out Against Highway Widening

My concerns were repeatedly brushed off by my bosses, who seemed more concerned about getting the next widening project underway than following the law.

November 3, 2023

L.A. Equity Assessments Finds Freeway Widening Projects are Good for Low Income Communities of Color, Actually

Metro says its "Transportation infrastructure investments must be targeted toward those with the greatest mobility needs first" but a recent perfunctory Metro equity assessment report calls the agency's commitment to equity into question.

October 27, 2023

Calif. DOT Announces $300 Million “Super 605” Freeway Enhancement Project

The Super 605 project does not appear to expand or widen the freeway itself, but focuses on maintaining/rehabilitating the existing roadway.

October 4, 2023

This is What Victory Looks like, Freeway Fighters

In the end, a lot of bad freeway projects die not with a bang, but a whimper. But we still need to celebrate the win.

September 18, 2023

‘Multimodal’ LA Freeway-Widening Project Out to Bid with No Multimodal Component

The "multimodal" project scope contains no bicycle or transit components, and, for pedestrians, merely re-installs the existing crosswalk and walk signals at the widened mouth of the off-ramp.

July 26, 2023