- In New Hartford, they push to put traffic lights on Route 840, slowing traffic to encourage "development" of adjacent green fields.
- In Utica, they want to cut off access to whole streets on the North-South Arterial to speed traffic, reducing access to brownfields awaiting redevelopment.
Both proposals would encourage urban sprawl, upping taxpayers' costs. In Utica, lands which already have service infrastructure in place will be made less accessible to redevelopment. Meanwhile, in New Hartford, access is being given to lands without infrastructure, requiring the taxpayers to pay for service extensions if development is to occur. How wasteful!
Now that our older arterial projects are aging out and needing replacement, some people are rethinking the roles that these roads play in our every-day society, and seeing that modifications are in order.
NYCO redirects us to the Onondaga Citizens League which is Rethinking I-81, that interstate that slices up downtown Syracuse. OCL is advocating replacement of I-81 downtown with boulevards -- routing intercity traffic through the suburbs.
Greater Utica needs to start thinking along these lines. The current North-South Arterial has not been kind to West Utica, and proposals on the table all involve cutting off more streets and erecting more barriers to cross-neighborhood traffic.
Read the links at the OCL site, such as Removing Freeways-Restoring Cities, and see if you, too, come away thinking that we can do better than what is being proposed.