Dangerous Roads Recalled by Transportation Department

This is a clever story from the Project for Public Spaces with a nod to Detroit. Now if only it weren’t the first of April…

Pointing to a “clear and present danger” to the American public, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced today the “recall” of all urban and suburban arterial roadways in America. These are the familiar roads built since the 1960s that function more as speedways than city streets.

Every four-lane road in a metropolitan area with a population of more 50,000 will be examined by Department of Transportation (DOT) engineers over the next 18 months to determine whether they pose “an undue threat” to motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

LaHood made the announcement at an outdoor press conference on Detroit’s famed Woodward Avenue, which he vowed would be the first urban road reinvented to meet new standards for safety and livability. “It only makes sense that this street, which 101 years ago became the first in the world to be paved in concrete, a breakthrough that transformed transportation in the 20th Century, should be the street where we transform transportation safety in the 21st Century,” he said to a cheering crowd.

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