As I have said before, with projects like 9B, our "planners" and politicos are not building for the community, they are building for special interests.[/b]
One more thing...there are quite a few planners, including myself, that are not big fans of SR 9B....but to say we are working for special interests is, in many cases, disingenuous...I have not received one phone call or e-mail from a developer or land use attorney in the area regarding SR 9B....and in fact my firm does just about no private-sector work in the area.
That said, I have run the numbers and looked at the land use forecasts and plans adopted by local governments...if these are in fact even close to on target, SR 9B will be needed to relieve congestion on I-95 (especially at the I-295 interchange) sooner rather than later....the other option would have been to widen both I-95 and I-295.
Sometimes planners are proactive, helping shape the community....other times we must be more reactive, responding to a particular issue or concern.