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24 lanes to FREEDOM!

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Cities afraid of death by congestion
By Larry Copeland USA TODAY
Extra-wide freeways are among ideas to keep traffic-- and local economies moving smoothly in future

A plan to widen part of Interstate 10 in metropolitan Phoenix from 14 lanes to 24 is the USA's latest giant superhighway proposal designed to ease the kind of gridlock that some planners say could stunt economic growth.

For a 2-mile stretch between U.S. 60 in Tempe and State Route 143, the interstate would have six general-purpose lanes, two carpool lanes and four lanes for local traffic in each direction. Work on the first phase, which planners expect to cost about $550 million, could begin by 2011.

Political and business leaders in metro areas increasingly view traffic congestion as hurting their ability to compete with other regions for new businesses and young professionals. "There's no question that traffic is a major factor for a business that's contemplating moving to Atlanta," says David Gill, an Atlanta bank president who heads a business group pushing for new ways to finance transportation projects in Georgia.

The superwide highway in Phoenix will cut dangerous weaving at interchanges, reduce freeway congestion and add capacity for a booming population, planners say.

"The Phoenix metro area is growing like crazy," says Eric Anderson, transportation director for the Maricopa Association of Governments, the regional planning agency that coordinates freeway construction projects. "We're adding about 125,000 people a year, and we have a population approaching 4 million."

The section of I-10 proposed for widening now carries about 294,000 vehicles a day. That will jump to a projected 450,000 by 2025, says Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman Doug Nintzel.

In addition to the 2 miles of I-10 that will be 24 lanes wide, an additional 12 miles ultimately will average 22 lanes. more...

Bicycle Infrastructure is Not as Useful as Car Cultism because ever a 32 lane mega bikeway cannot be used as a long, long...
long (hard) football stadium when the oil runs out. Plus there are no upper limits on the number of bike lanes and it would just get out of hand. 100 lanes! (That isn't even using all of the old highway up)

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