"From an urban planning perspective, the circular path becomes the new heart of the community, and development is spurred along this corridor. So shopping, entertainment and recreation can all be clustered close to the interchange, pushing the community even tighter together, even with a freeway running through it."
Pure BS. The whole motorway bypass that this is a tiny part of is just one big pro-sprawl project. Interesting to note is that almost all of it will be in the form of a tunnel so as to reduce the nimbyite opposition, but NOT towards the ends - where there are poor concrete 'hoods with lots of immigrants. The richer suburbs won't be blighted with a motorway next door, but those two places that already have interstates 50 m from the buildings will get yet another one.
Original stated purpose of this motorway when planned in the 60s: more sprawl.
Currently stated purpose: reduce traffic in the inner city and get rid of thru traffic.
Projected effects according to the DoT: big increase in traffic all-round in the county and noticeably reduce mode-share for public transit.
Spending at least 30 billion crowns making the metro area more auto-dependent: great if you're a car-industry lobbyist, sucks for the rest of us.
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