City Council Brings On Independent, Outside Design Firm To Evaluate BQE Rehabilitation Project

Nearly one year ago, the Department of Transportation announced its plan to rehabilitate a decaying section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and, you know, build a temporary highway in the current location of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The plan was so outrageous it was impossible to envision it becoming a reality, and soon after it was announced new groups formed in the Brooklyn Heights community to battle it. Eventually, Mayor Bill de Blasio stepped in and announced he'd assembled a team to reevaluate how to go about rebuilding the crumbling triple-cantilevered stretch of Robert Moses's BQE, which runs approximately 1.5 miles from Atlantic to Sands streets in Brooklyn Heights.

Patch reported at the time that: "At least one idea, suggested by the Regional Plan Association, seems to have caught the attention of the panel. That plan recommends switching the BQE from six lanes to four based on various ways to reduce traffic on the expressway." (Tom Wright of the Regional Plan Association is also on the Panel.) This plan includes traffic reduction, which the Panel believes is "a necessary part of the redesign," and like many of the other proposals that have popped up, draws on ways other cities have transformed their highways.

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