Last week I urged concrete aficionados to move to Florida, where road-enamored state and local governments seem to operate under the democratic principle of “one car, one vote.” But if your idea of responsible transportation planning is paving your way out of every traffic jam, then you only need to look as far as Arizona to find your Freeway to Heaven.
That’s a crosscut of Arizona’s I-10, which state transportation officials propose to expand from twelve lanes to twenty-four between Tempe and Phoenix. That’s right… twenty-four lanes. And yes, we’re talking about a freeway, not a bowling alley.
Just imagine this baby running along Seattle’s waterfront… and a hundred feet or so out into Elliot Bay.
This is what comes from trying to build your way out road congestion, instead of adopting integrated solutions that include mass transit and rational urban planning.