This articleÂ in the January 29th Scientific American should be mandatory reading for a few folks in town.
We like reading scientific journals that say things like:
"closing a highway--that is, reducing network capacity--
improves the system's effectiveness."
This fact was made clear in our local example when KYTC's "8664" Traffic Study showed thatÂ an East End Bridge Only solutionÂ performed as wellÂ as the "two-bridge solution" that would cost twice as much and expand Spaghetti Junction to 23 lanes wide.
Here's a nice quote for our friends inÂ Washington (Helloooo, Congressman Yarmuth!):
"As the Obama administration prepares to invest in the biggest public works project since the construction of the interstate highway system, the notion that fewer, more inclusive roads yield better results is especially timely."
Good stuff. Read the entire article.Â