highway, construction, environmental, air quality, federal aid, clean air act, westway


This note provides an overview of the statutory law controlling urban highway construction. Specifically, it addresses the role that environmental considerations play in the decision making process. Focusing on the construction of the Westway highway in New York, the note outlines the complexities and the difficulties associated with massive highway constructions. The impact that construction has on the economy, on communities, on neighborhoods, and on the environment lead the author to seek a clarification in the statutory standards so as to reach an efficient solution.



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