First Portland, then San Fran, then Milwaukee, then OKC???
Oklahoma City to Tear Down its downtown highway
Doug Currey, regional director of the New York State Department of Transportation, says taking down urban highways is sometimes the right thing to do — and sometimes not.
"No two situations are exactly alike," says Currey, who oversees highways in the New York City area.
Cost is the big obstacle to removing highways. "Generally, maintaining what you have is cheaper than building something new," Currey says.
Once the highway was gone, the Chelsea, TriBeCa and West Village neighborhoods came back to life. Traffic adapted. "It worked in Manhattan," Currey says.