Do larger roads actually cause congestion as opposed to alleviating it? A recent article written by Adam Mann entitled “What’s Up With That, Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse”, suggests that there is a strong correlation between the growth of road sizes and the amount of traffic on those roads. In many cases, the addition of a new lane actually encouraged more motorists, commercial traffic and caused even greater backups than previously experienced. And in cases where highly trafficked roads were reduced or eliminated, traffic congestion managed to stay relatively the same.
So, in considering the future of I-81, perhaps our fears that the removal of the viaduct would cause massive congestion and intolerable commuting problems is actually backwards. A boulevard would allow for more access to downtown, to arterial streets, to public transportation options and to drivers who consider their route more carefully. If removing highways actually does not cause traffic congestion and in fact the opposite is true, then really the only viable option for downtown is a well-planned boulevard. And it just so happens that we are working on an exciting project that could change the way you see the boulevard too. Stay Tuned..