#NoNewRoads is our campaign to stop unnecessary and unaffordable spending on highways and roads.
Maine's response to a serious road maintenance funding emergency is to cling to AASHTO’s archaic code book while projecting a value system of improve, Improve, IMPROVE, even going so far as to assume massive traffic increases where there is little traffic today.
Washington state, known for having one of the “greenest” administrations, just passed the largest transportation spending bill in the state’s history. Here are 5 ways that WSDOT and other DOTs are keeping us stuck squarely in the 1960s.
The Suburban Experiment creates an illusion of wealth early on, which makes it very seductive. As a city like Baxter, MN enters the second life cycle and all of the dispersed systems that came with the growth now need costly maintenance, the seductive illusion is slowly destroyed.
Why No New Roads?
Strong Towns advocates for financial solvency and productive land use in American cities. The national obsession with an ever-expanding road system based on inaccurate projections has led many communities into serious debt, all for the sake of a road system with little financial return. We have built more auto infrastructure than we are willing to pay to maintain, and yet we insist on building more.
At Strong Towns, we believe that a transportation system should be a means of creating prosperity in a community, not an end unto itself. Before America spends more on transportation, we must modernize our transportation finance system to get better returns on our investments.
Do you want to see an end to expensive and dangerous road projects? Join Strong Towns, the movement that's working to make that happen.
Most cities' "traffic problems" are actually problems with the qualitative experience of traffic, not with simple travel time or delay. Perhaps we need a "Traffic Frustration Index" instead of a Traffic Congestion Index.
Highway project proponents convert very small amounts of time savings into cash equivalents to show all the benefit a project is creating. In the case of the I49 connector, it barely even passes this phony test.
Devolution isn't so scary when the alternative is this crazy.
In spite of a major budget shortfall, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker offers no plan to raise revenue or adjust his transportation funding goals.
Interested in seeing how these concepts apply in your city? Bring Strong Towns to your community for a presentation on how to make sound investments in transportation for the future of your city.