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Deep Sixing PVD's Highways Very Popular

An article calling for the removal of Routes 6 & 10 has hit the Top 20 list of EcoRI's most-read stories of the year. For a blog that produces as many stories as EcoRI, getting #17 is pretty nice, and shows that the public is interested in having this conversation. Friend of the blog Alex Krogh-Grabbe also produced a really fine article on this topic at EcoRI too. Read both of them.

In a Twitter conversation, Streetsblog writer Stephen Miller reminded me that the Rt. 10 portion of 6/10 is the oldest highway in the state. Rt. 6, unfortunately, is much newer, and as we all know, the Viaduct is being repaired as we speak. But removing Rt. 10, also known as the Huntington Expressway, would be a major win, even if Rt. 6 had to wait. Rt. 10 is the highway that blocks Cranston Street from accessing the Washington Secondary (a.k.a. "Cranston" or "Coventry") Bike Path.

I had the chance to talk with national transportation and land use expert Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns recently when he was in town for the Warwick, RI Strong Towns conference. Here's what he had to say about the highway, after looking at some Google Maps images of the neighborhood around it:

I have a hard time understanding why (except for bureaucratic inertia) we would maintain a highway with such low usage, especially when it is (a) redundant and (b) doing obvious physical damage to the connectivity, and thus the economic health, of the city."
Marohn said that if removal is an option, that we should "jump on it." 


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