Originally Posted by BrianTH
Crossing my fingers, but the tone of this article suggests the MFE might be in serious trouble as it comes up for vote at the SPC (our regional planning commission):
It would be great if this was killed once and for all.
I really hope it dies forever too for a couple reasons.
1. I think the idea of highways causing a boom for the areas they go through can be vastly overstated in some cases.
2. This is ridiculously expensive and going through an area which hasn't had much going for it for decades now. Just spending all of this money on existing transportation in that area would give a vastly better return.
3. Related to my second point that there are so many existing needed road upgrades and public transit needs that this money could be used for and would benefit the region much more.
4. I used to use the expressway as a way to visit friends in college and the road isn't used much at all. In general it goes through pretty rural areas and just like the Southern Beltway, I highly doubt the use estimates will match reality. Not many people like to use a toll road to get around day to day if they don't have to.