Report: 9 Wasteful US Highway Projects

Report claims unnecessary highway "boondoggles" would cost $30 billion

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A report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund and Frontier Group highlighted multiple highway expansion projects the groups deemed as unnecessary and wasteful use of tax payer dollars. Authors of the report feel more money should be put toward repairing and maintaining existing roads as opposed to expanding lanes on interstates and highways.

The nine projects cited in this year's report include:

  • Traffic relief plan, Maryland, $9 billion
  • I-49 inner city connection, Shreveport, LA., $547 million to $640 million
  • U.S. Highway 101 expansion, San Mateo, CA, $534 million
  • I-35 expansion, Austin, $8.1 billion
  • LBJ East expansion, Dallas, $1.6 billion
  • Pennsylvania Turnpike expansion, PA, $6.9 billion
  • I-94 north-south expansion, Wisconsin, $1.7 billion to $1.9 billion
  • I-285 and State Route 400 interchange rebuilding, Atlanta, $596 million
  • North Spokane Corridor, Spokane, WA, $1.5 billion             

(more on the report of highway-construction wasteful projects...)