BQE fix ramps up — tomorrow night!

The Brooklyn Paper

A decades-long project to repair a ready-to-collapse section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway finally begins tomorrow night.

That’s when state transportation officials will present a preliminary overview of their gargantuan project to replace the triple cantilever section of the BQE in Brooklyn Heights — a project so complex that plans for the work itself won’t even be finalized until 2018.

The section of the highway that runs under the famed Brooklyn Heights Promenade was built 60 years ago to last just 40 years. And old age is not the only problem with the roadway; it’s now carrying tens of thousands of cars more every day than it was designed to hold.

The meeting on Tuesday centers around the scope of the future repair work, a project that terrifies Brooklyn Heights residents, who fear that traffic will be diverted through their residential neighborhood, and planners of Brooklyn Bridge Park, who claim their project will be fully completed — just in time for the highway repair.

“We have to balance the interests of the residents, the motorists, the businesses and Brooklyn Bridge Park,” said Adam Levine, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

The public meeting on the triple cantilever, Tuesday, May 12 at NYU–Polytechnic University [5 Metrotech Center, corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue in Downtown, (718) 482-4526], 6:30 pm.

Reader Feedback

OMG from BKLYN says:
WHAT!?!? dose this mean the whole section is going to be closed?!?!? This is going to be hell for another 20-30 years. It seems like the gowans west bound side was just finished; the center lanes have been finally opened ( after like 15 years). I can only imagine how much of a hell it will be now to drive out of Brooklyn being that is the main way to get to the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges OMG OMG but i cant believe I'm now actually thinking of moving to Jersey City OMG OMG !!

BTW there is much more to cover about the Gowans BQE connection it seems they are constructing a third lane where the Gowans and Brooklyn battery tunnel split (going east) it seems interesting how the traffic will merge to split up just to merge again!
Any1 know what exactly is goin on there?
May 11, 2009, 4:39 pm
chuck from boerum hill says:
And not to mention that tolls on the Battery Tunnel are going up, while the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges are still free.

Good morning, brownstone Brooklyn residents. Welcome to traffic hell, population: you.
May 12, 2009, 11:14 am
ep from Bed-Stuy says:
Yet one more reason to walk, bike, or take the bus or train.
May 12, 2009, 12:25 pm
Cynthia Bottoms from bayridge says:
If other roads were constructed the way the BQE is being repaired we would still be using local streets. Maybe we should hire some Romans who built their roadway sysems.. How much longer is this going to take???? When I pass and see maybe 6-10 guys "working" you understand why it's taking yearsssss. Why hasn't a real size crew been hired to complete this job and end the traffic jams/slow downs? Who's benefiting ($$$) from this fiasco, & what is the real cost vs the projected, and who's overseeing this and responsible?

thanks
Sept. 25, 2009, 11:51 am

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