|Trillion Dollar Highway Plans
= Multiple Bypass Surgery
a state by state list
|High Priority Corridors
specified by Congress in 1991, 1995, 1998, 2005, 2012
|Corridors of the Future|
| J. Edgar Hoover Parkway: transportation surveillance,
mileage taxes, RFID & video tolling
Corridor A to X in AL, GA, MD, MS, NC, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV
High Priority Corridor 19: United States Route 395
US 395 from Reno to Canada
would facilitate increased truck traffic to Hanford nuclear dump, among other purposes. 395 from Pasco to I-90 is already an expressway but not entirely limited access.
US 395 North Spokane Corridor - 10 mile, $2 billion new interstate through Spokane, WA - under construction as of 2012
High Priority Corridor 30: Interstate 5
The Columbia River Crossing (new, wider bridge from Vancouver, WA to Portland, OR) is part of this.
High Priority Corridor 35: Everett - Tacoma FAST Corridor
I-5, I-90, I-405
freight upgrades in Puget Sound area
WA 509, 518 upgrades
second Tacoma Narrows Bridge recently finished (third, if you count "Galloping Gertie")
Washington State Route 167 - www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR167/TacomaToEdgewood/
new $2 billion tollroad recently approved (by Democratic State of Washington) but only $160 million in funds is available.
Seattle: Alaska Viaduct replacement
99 Viaduct Replacement
from: Smart Choices, Less Traffic: The 50 Best and Worst Transportation Projects In the United States,
Sierra Club Beyond Oil Campaign, November 2012
A two mile long, 57 foot wide tunnel under downtown Seattle is set to replace the current aging above-grade viaduct. This enormous $3.1 billion highway project will require boring the largest diameter tunnel ever attempted with a single bore underneath fragile, historic Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle. The project encourages driving, contributes to greenhouse-gas and other air pollution, and sucks up transportation dollars that could be better spent on less-polluting alternatives. The project replaces a current high-use artery, with nearly 100,000 trips daily, and adds a $3 one-way toll, which will cause a large portion of drivers to seek alternate routes, increasing vehicle traffic and pollution in downtown Seattle. The project reinforces an auto centric culture, as the tunnel, by design, emphasizes shuttling single occupant vehicles. The megaproject budget originally promised a portion of funding for the local transit system, but 100% of the transit funding has been cut. Construction began in fall of 2011 and is scheduled to be complete by early 2016.
Washington Commerce Corridor
aka Cascadia Foothills study
(giant bypass of Seattle from Oregon to British Columbia - a NAFTA Superhighway)
proposed giant bypass from Vancouver WA to Vancouver BC, would include car lanes, truck lanes, freight rail, passenger rail and a variety of utility corridors. Sometimes called I-605.
July 7, 2004
Turnpike to Perdition
The idea of a 'commerce corridor,' an enormous toll highway through Western Washington, just won't die.
"Stop the "I-605 sprawl highway"
Tell state to focus on real transportation priorities!
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and private consultants are studying the feasibility of a new north-south interstate highway, marketed as a bi-national commerce corridor between Oregon and British Columbia. The proposal for a new 450 foot-wide highway and pipeline corridor east of I-405, is a thinly veiled attempt to build the I-605 beltway – a new highway bypass around the Greater Seattle Metropolitan Area.
Neither a bi-national commerce corridor, nor a new I-605 beltway in the Central Puget Sound Region, would significantly reduce traffic congestion, but both would lead to urban sprawl and destroy farms, forests, and habitat. Further study and funding for I-605 is a waste of valuable time and money that should instead be used to address urgent transportation priorities.
Washington Commerce Corridor Feasibility Study
map of study area and potential routes
www.discovery.org/cascadia/cascadiaCorridor/ (a pro superhighway website)
www.kurumi.com/roads/3di/i605.html - Commerce Corridor might be I-605