Not Just Fix It First
New highway construction has been destructive to US Metro areas inducing sprawl and degrading existing neighborhoods. So it's tempting to rally to the cause of "just fix it first" hoping that repair work will soak up the money that might otherwise end up in destructive freeway building.But I propose we take a more direct approach and "redesign first". New pavement cannot and should not be banished from the US transport program, but roads that do not add value should. Roads that are oversized and inappropriate for urban settings should be deprogrammed or if already built deconstructed.
Let's invest in avenues, boulevards and streets that serve not only as conduits, but as the setting for jobs, shopping and living. The new CNU/ITE CSS guide will be out soon and will give planners, traffic engineers and government officials alternatives to the ugly menu of mega roads that the Federal and state governments normally fund. Let's invest in street networks that when connected with transit can add tremendous value to our communities.
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