Here are some resources to make spreading the word and mobilizing people easier.
Flyer for generating comments before the august 27 deadline
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emailable text for generating comments before the august 27 deadline
Our homes and neighborhood are at risk from a proposal to widen I-270 by as many as four lanes. This would almost certainly require the destruction of homes next to the highway. It isn’t hard to imagine the terrible effect that paving over the homes along I-270 would have on our neighborhood and our quality of life:
· Uprooting our families, friends and neighbors
· Loss of property value for remaining homes
· Loss of beloved local businesses
· Loss of greenspace, trees and common space areas
· More noise and air pollution
The most important thing to do right now is tell the State Highway Administration you oppose any plan that involves widening I-270 before the public comment deadline of August 27, 2018.
You can go to the website www.dontwiden270.org for more information, and to submit a comment from there. Here's a sample comment which you can copy and past, or use it to help you get started with a comment in your own words.
To Whom it May Concern:
I write to urge the SHA to reject any proposal for I-270 that involves making the highway wider than it is now. Physically expanding the highway in our neighborhood would require paving over the homes of our families, friends and neighbors, effectively tearing our community apart. Those of us not losing our homes would still suffer the loss of neighbors, our property values, and green space, and we will be exposed to more air and noise pollution from the increased traffic on the highway. Studies have documented that widening roads simply invites more drivers, and congestion returns to its former levels relatively quickly. If the SHA does insist on reviewing widening proposals, it must take into account this problem of “induced demand” so that taxpayers clearly understand what the state is getting for its investment.
Please reply and let me know what the State intends to do.
(your name and address)
You can also submit your comments the following ways:
Leave a message at 1-833-858-5960.