Tri-State-Area Highway Teardowns Make National List

Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct took the top spot in the Congress for the New Urbanism's "Freeways Without a Future" list.

Today the Congress for the New Urbanism, a national advocacy group, published a list of the top ten highway removal projects with the most potential to stimulate urban revitalization. Three projects TSTC has worked on cracked the list, with a total of five listed in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

The Sheridan Expressway in the Bronx made No. 2 on the list, with CNU highlighting the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance‘s teardown plan to replace the elevated highway with affordable housing, community-appropriate development, and open space. Coming in at No. 4 was the removal of Route 34 in downtown New Haven, CT to reconnect city streets. A project to open up access to the Delaware River waterfront in Trenton by turning Route 29 in a boulevard came in at No. 8.

Also listed were projects to boulevard-ize the Skyway in Buffalo, NY, and I-81 in Syracuse, NY, both of which MTR looked at in “Highway Removal Olympics: Who Will Win the Gold?” last month.

The top project?  Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct, which after a few years’ gestation is now moving ahead quickly. For more information on each project, read the full list here.

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