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Freeway Teardowns in New Orleans, Louisville?

We’re back with some more news on freeway teardowns, this time highlighting efforts in New Orleans and Louisville, KY.

A plan to tear down a segment of I-10 in New Orleans would result in this boulevard returning.

This last week an article appeared in the New Orleans Times-Picayune about that city considering tearing down a segment of the elavated freeway I-10. The idea is to replace the segment with what was originally on the same spot – a center median boulevard filled with trees known as Claiborne Avenue. The teardown would partly be done to bring back the surrounding neighborhood around that the highway construction helped deteriorate.

Another project in Louisville being proposed by the a local advocacy group would replace a portion of I-64 with a boulevard and riverfront parks (along the Ohio River) in and around the city’s central core. Under the plan being proposed by the group 8664, the current I-64 would essentially be rerouted through the construction of a new bridge up stream that would allow traffic passing through downtown to divert on other existing freeways further out. The groups prepared a video below — and their website has a background presentation.

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One Response

  1. Unfortunately I don’t see 8664 in Louisville happening, although there does seem to be serious considerations in Nola about rethinking urban spaces post-Katrina. I would love to see both happen though.

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