What the ARUP Study Found
A recessed highway meets all performance requirements and improves quality of life—it’s cause for optimism, even enthusiasm. You’re invited to read their report or our executive study. Highlights:
A recessed highway performs as well as (if not better than) an elevated highway.
This concept meets capacity requirements, allows for similar traffic volumes, and can handle congestion during peak periods. Miles traveled is about the same, either way.
A recessed highway improves safety.
Not only is it safer for pedestrians and cyclists—this approach eliminates several decision points for drivers, while increasing decision-making time at other key points.
A recessed highway improves the environment.
Less noise. Less air pollution. More walking and biking opportunities. That’s only good.
A recessed highway improves neighborhoods.
A smaller urban footprint actually “stitches back together” neighborhoods torn apart by current elevated interstate highways—improving quality of life, access to parks, and opportunities to generate wealth through nearby real estate development.
A recessed highway creates an opportunity to essentially pay for itself.
As this concept reestablishes communities and spurs development, a recessed highway will free up land for “value capture”—which could more than make up for its additional (though already relatively minimal) construction cost.