Building More Freeways to reduce traffic??

They are expanding the freeway along my morning commute. I am sure most people feel like this is a great thing. I mean the construction traffic is horrible, but when it is finally over we will have a shiny new interstate with 5 lanes on each side. Utah County will finally have a huge freeway, just like the big city. One politician actually said, “This will open up Provo to the world.” I don’t know how to respond to that, unless you consider sprawl opening up your city to the world….

I hate traffic as much as the next guy, but I also know that expanding the freeway will not really fix anything, at least not for long. It is something called induced demand, the old “if you build it, they will come” theory. And I guess I am not the only one who feels this way. According to this, there are a few places starting to think a little differently.

City Parks Blog


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