City Comptroller Proposes New BQE Plan

The Brooklyn Eagle’s Mary Frost reports that City Comptroller Scott Stringer (photo, Thomas Good / NLN) has proposed an alternative to the City Department of Transportation’s plan to replace the Brooklyn Heights Promenade with a temporary six lane highway for a period not less than six years, or to repair the BQE lane by lane which would, according to the DOT, require closure of the Promenade for at least two years and would also lead to serious traffic backups and cause heavy diversion of traffic onto local streets, affecting not only Brooklyn Heights but also neighboring communities.

The Comptroller’s plan, according to the Eagle story, would be to convert the cantilevered portion of the BQE to a two lane truck only highway that would occupy the present lower deck of the cantilever. The upper deck, just below the Promenade, would become new parkland that would extend southward past Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens by building a deck over the trench in which the BQE runs past those neighborhoods. The Eagle story notes that both the Brooklyn Heights Association and the Cobble Hill Association have responded positively to the Comptroller’s plan, although the BHA has presented an alternative concept that remains on the table for consideration by the DOT.
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