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Inner Loop makes list of 'Freeways Without Futures'

Rochester Business Journal
February 12, 2014

Rochester’s Inner Loop is among 10 “Freeways Without Futures” on a list of urban highways in need of removal.

The list was compiled by the Congress for the New Urbanism, which promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions.

The Inner Loop and nine other highways are doing significant damage to their cities and are seriously in need of replacement with more people-friendly options, the organization said in a news release Monday.

“There is a real window of opportunity right now for highway removal projects,” CNU President John Norquist said in a statement included in the release.

“Many of the freeways built in the 1950s and ‘60s have reached the end of their design lives, and millions of dollars will either go to maintaining these blight-creating behemoths or to creating infrastructure that will improve, rather than destroy, communities.”

CNU received nominations from 50 cities.

Rochester’s neighbors to the east and west also made the list. Buffalo’s Route 5 skyway connecting its inner and outer harbors was included, as was Interstate 81 in Syracuse.

The Inner Loop encircles downtown Rochester on the north side of I-490.

Plans are underway to remove two-thirds of a mile of the roadway between Monroe Avenue and Charlotte Street on the city’s east side. It would be replaced by an at-grade boulevard.

Work on the $24 million project could begin as soon as this fall.

 (c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email service@rbj.net.


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