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Alex:
That article has holes and inaccurate information. It talks about similar occurrences where elevated highways were torn down in favor or urban boulevards. It cites the Park Freeway demolition in Milwaukee (like every let us tear down a freeway proponent), then goes on to mention that the Embarcadero was torn down in 2002  :crazy: It mentions that Portland, Seattle, Baltimore, and Buffalo have also done the same, but none of those cities have done that so far!

Back to the traffic issue, in 2001 almost 100,000 cars traveled Interstate 10 between Orleans Avenue and Louisiana 39. A four-lane at-grade boulevard will not accommodate such numbers. I agree that the adjoining neighborhood was dealt a dirty blow when the viaduct was built, but with current traffic congestion, where do you send all of that commuting traffic if not there?

UptownRoadGeek:
I would hate to see that happen and honestly I don't think it would be that good for the neighborhood. All of S. Claiborne (as well as most main streets in N.O.) already have wide tree-lined neutral grounds, so why haven't they seen a massive transformation? Also, I don't see the residents of Lakeview giving away their rebuilt homes so DOTD can reconfigure to 610 split to handle both JP and WB bound traffic.

by the way if they tore down the I-10 wouldn't the city have to repay the govt.?

Urban Prairie Schooner:
I agree, the article is skewed to present a substantially anti-freeway point of view. Comparing the elimination of freeway spurs such as the Embarcadero Fwy and the Park Fwy with a major trunkline Interstate freeway such as I-10 is disingenuous and misleading, but alas very typical of the journalism favored by stop-the-automobile-at-all-costs "conventional wisdom"-following urban planners and other "progressive" types.

And as was mentioned in the article's comments somewhere, building the freeway there in the first place was bad from the neighborhood perspective, but now that it's there and part of the established infrastructure, what would you do with the traffic demand that currently uses the freeway and depends on its presence for efficient movement through the city? What happens to folks who commute to the Westbank from Slidell and points east, or vice versa?

As you mention, far too much traffic uses the Claiborne elevated for it to function very effectively as an urban boulevard.

Where else would a freeway have been easily placed in that part of the city? The Claiborne median was the most cost effective location for a freeway through that part of New Orleans, as it was a ready made public right of way obtained without the costs of land acquisition and site clearance.

I can safely assume that the LaDOTD (not to mention NO area motorists) will not look favorably upon the removal of the freeway, and that this proposal is more a planning fantasy than anything else. "Progressive" thought hasn't quite taken root at the state government level in Louisiana as of yet.

A compromise might be to rebuild the freeway, Big Dig like, as a cut and cover tunnel under the Claiborne median, removing the elevated viaduct and reestablishing at least part of the tree lined median. But I would think this is probably next to impossible, due to engineering, topographical, and flooding considerations, not to mention the vast costs involved.

Revive 755:
Quote from article:

--- Quote ---But a freeway doesn’t necessarily allow vehicles to get from point A to point B faster than a boulevard, Diaz said.
--- End quote ---

Are these anti-freeway people even bothering to consider how much time sitting at one or more stoplights can add to a trip?  It might take 3 to 4 minutes to drive non-stop, but that can easily reach 8 to 10+ minutes after having to sit through three or more uncoordinated lights with heavy traffic that requires more than one cycle to pass a light. 

Potentially provocative comment follows:

I think most of New Orleans should be torn down anyway, especially the below sea level parts.  How much are we going to spend fixing it after the next hurricane swamps it?

V'Ger:
Anti-freeway people are my favorite because most THAT I'VE HEARD OF USE FREEWAYS TO GO PLACES.  :crazy:

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