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If You Think Adding That Extra Lane Will Reduce Traffic Congestion – You’d Be Wrong

By Thom Hartmann, Randon Length News

A recent study of 100 US cities found that — between 1993 to 2017 — billions were spent to expand highway capacities by 42% but, instead of reducing congestion, traffic delays actually went up 144%!

You’d think that if your freeway is clogged up every rush hour, adding an extra lane would reduce the congestion. You’d be wrong.

And an uprising against Oregon state government plans to widen the I-5 freeway here in Portland may end up changing how cities around the country decide to use the hundreds of billions of dollars in highway funds coming to them from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.


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