Inflated traffic projections used to justify a project in Wisconsin; the court calls WDOT out on it. Reblogged from Tim Hullihan’s blog.
By Timothy Hullihan:
In a recent article published by ContextFlorida (linked here), I summarized and shared research that shows, and anecdotal evidence that supports, a growing appreciation for the reality of a nation that is choosing to drive less.
Understandably, this is not a welcomed reality for people in the road building industry. Yet, it is still appropriate to ask why FDOT is still using outdated traffic projections to justify unnecessary road projects. After all, road projects are expensive, impact the environments we live in, and funded through tax revenues.
Apparently, Wisconsin’s DOT is similarly behind the times, but that state’s 1000 Friends was proactive toward updating WDOT’s thinking. On Friday, May 22, 2015, they were victorious in a federal court appeal of their lawsuit to cut off federal funding to expand Highway 23 between Fond du Lac and Plymouth. The Court agreed that inflated traffic forecasts…
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