Westway - The Little Word that Killed the Big Highway

by F. H. Griffis,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Management Lessons from Engineering Failures


The Westside Highway Project, better known as Westway, received a construction permit on February 25, 1985 from the Army Corps of Engineers. Signed by the author, the permit was invalidated by the U. S. District Court and the Court of Appeals, making Westway one of the most spectacular engineering 'failures' of our time. The paper discusses the legal battles that led to Westway's demise, and argues that any project of this type can be stopped in court, regardless of the public interest, if an opponent is energetic enough.

Subject Headings: Highway and road management | Urban development | Highway engineering | Infrastructure construction | Permits | Public policy | Public transportation | New York City | New York | United States

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