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NYC DOT looks to reconstruct BQE’s Triple Cantilever area with tunnels and greenspace

NEW YORK — The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, also called the BQE, has seen higher days. 

A important stretch of roadway that gives quick entry between the 2 boroughs is proving to be extra very important than ever, with greater than 130,000 automobiles day by day. 

The New York City Department of Transportation says the stretch of freeway in Brooklyn Heights known as the “Triple Cantilever,” which sits underneath houses, condo buildings and greenspace, is now crumbling. But some marvel may the DOT’s new 80-page proposal be the answer?

“There’s still a lot of questions. There’s a lot of information that was presented, so I think the community is still trying to really dig in and understand the ramifications,” mentioned Lara Birnback, Executive Director of Brookyn Heights Association.

Birnback mentioned there’s an excessive amount of uncertainty concerning the proposal, together with environmental impacts to residents.

The proposal reveals the reconstruction of the Triple Cantilever by masking the roadway with quick tunnels sitting beneath greenspace and entry to Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

“The bottom line is the community still has some real concerns about DOT’s potential proposal to go back to a six-lane configuration in the Cantilever area,” mentioned Birnback. “We feel very strongly that maintaining that two-lane in each direction, or four-lane total, configuration is key.”

Mayor Eric Adams introduced earlier this month the DOT is assured the advantages of the drafted plan outweigh the negatives. The metropolis mentioned the stacked tunnels would make for much less noise, air air pollution, vibration and enhance entry to streets in Brooklyn Heights.

“What is clear is that we can’t just rebuild the same status quo highway infrastructure that has wreaked such havoc on our communities, caused extraordinary environmental impacts,” mentioned Lincoln Restler, Councilmember for District 33.

Restler advised CBS 2’s Elijah Westbrook there is not a timeline but on when this project may break floor. In truth, continued public suggestions is being sought earlier than a ultimate building plan is launched. 

But Restler mentioned one factor is definite if he and different residents again this plan. 

“We have to reduce car and truck traffic,” he mentioned. “We recognize that any construction is going to be really problematic and incredibly disruptive for people who live in proximity to the BQE, and that’s why at the end of years of construction, we need to have delivered a much better outcome for our neighborhood and community.”

The DOT has not introduced how a lot it’ll price to reconstruct BQE Central, however officers say it may attain as a lot as $4 billion.

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