A rundown: What happened with the BQE rehab plan this year

The struggle over the city’s plans to rebuild a 1.5-mile segment of the BQE along the western Brooklyn waterfront was one of the most galvanizing Brooklyn stories of 2019.

To finally bring a measure of urban planning to what has been a chaotic, whiplash-inducing BQE reconstruction planning process, Mayor Bill de Blasio in April announced a blue-ribbon panel of experts to look at options for the replacement of a 1.5-mile stretch of the decrepit highway.

The Regional Plan Association, a not-for-profit civic organization, released a report in April with five recommendations for reducing traffic on the BQE to turn the current six-lane interstate into a smaller, four-lane highway. Brooklyn Heights-based nonprofit A Better Way NYC hired RPA for its analysis on the plans.

“New York should join the growing list of cities that are updating, scaling back, and in some instances, removing their highways,” Tom Wright, president and CEO of Regional Plan Association, said.

Read more in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle