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Interstate 75, Michigan

The Detroit area, where population has shrunk over the past 20 years, suffers from costly sprawl, roads and bridges that are in poor condition, and a woefully inadequate transit system. Such a situation seems to call for reinvestment in the current system, not road expansion. Nevertheless, Michigan is currently undertaking project to expand the capacity of Interstate 75 through suburban Oakland County, north of Detroit – a project that is both unnecessary and will exacerbate the region’s problems. Although some sections of the project have already begun, as of April 2019, the $1.4 billion last segment of the project, which stretches from M-102 to north of 13 Mile Road, was not slated to begin construction until the fall of 2019.

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Interstate 81, Virginia

Virginia’s I-81 corridor runs through the Shenandoah Valley and primarily rural areas in the western part of the state. Aiming to increase freight capacity and improve safety, Virginia is moving forward with a plan to widen and rebuild sections of the highway. A recently adopted, $2.2 billion “I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan” consists of 63 individual projects including lane additions, shoulder widenings, and curve improvements, along with operational improvements and some funding set aside for rail and transit enhancements.

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Interstate 84 Expansion, Connecticut

In December 2016, the state of Connecticut took the first steps toward widening I-84 in Danbury, hiring consultants to begin planning for a project that is estimated to cost more than $700 million, a cost that does not include the potentially substantial costs of acquiring additional right-of-way for the road. Although congestion on I-84 is a problem, Connecticut has more pressing transportation priorities. The State Transportation Fund has fallen to such low levels that local transit agencies have started to plan for painful service reductions. State commuter rail needs investment. Connecticut also badly needs to invest in road repairs: 73 percent of its roads are in poor or mediocre condition, worst in the nation. Connecticut also has limited transportation resources, with lawmakers struggling to keep the state’s special transportation fund from falling into a deficit in the fiscal year starting July 2018.

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LBJ East Expansion, Dallas, Texas

Texas officials have proposed a $1.6 billion road expansion of the LBJ East, a highway that partially circles northeast Dallas about 10 miles from the city center. The project would add two lanes to the 10-lane highway, as well as two lanes of frontage road on either side of much of the highway, creating 16 lanes of roadway in total.

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Loop 1604 Expansion, Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is currently reviewing plans for a major expansion to a 23-mile section of Loop 1604, a suburban highway loop that encircles San Antonio. The project, which would expand Loop 1604 between state Highway 16 and Interstate 35 north of the city, includes four to six additional lanes along the entire length of roadway, new frontage roads and a five-level interchange with Interstate 10. This $1.36 billion expansion, while likely failing to solve local congestion problems, would threaten one of the region’s primary sources of drinking water.

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M-CORES, Florida

On May 17, 2019, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation kickstarting what would be one of the most expensive, damaging and wasteful highway-building sprees in the country. The bill provided funding and set in motion plans for building three separate highways, totaling approximate 330 miles, that are already draining the state budget and could destroy large swaths of natural areas and threaten the survival of the endangered Florida panther.

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