Sunday, July 27, 2014

From Governing.com — Why Would You Have a Highway Run Through a City?

SF Embarcadero Freeway razed in 1991 replaced with palm-lined boulevard, plazas. (D Kidd/Governing)


Robert Doucette, a developer in Syracuse, N.Y., often commutes to work by walking or biking from his house near Syracuse University to his office downtown. The route is little more than a mile long, but it requires crossing one major obstacle: a hulking highway viaduct that cuts a large swath through the center of the city.
This elevated stretch of Interstate 81 carries 56,000 vehicles a day. Though it is propped up on piers, it has a major impact on the landscape below. As many as six lanes of traffic run beneath the expressway, including feeder ramps and access roads. Pedestrians teeter nervously on raised curbs as they wait for a signal, then “make a break for it,” Doucette says, as they try to avoid unseen vehicles making turns. Read mor: Why Would You Have a Highway Run Through a City?

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