Big BQE Public Meeting Monday

The first step in the two-decade project to reconstruct the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street begins Monday night, when New York State Department of Transportation officials present the project’s draft summary.

The two public project scoping sessions, as they are called, will be held in the Pfizer Auditorium of the Dibner Building at 5 MetroTech Center. The afternoon session will run from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and the evening session from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Both meetings will provide the same information, and attendees will have the chance to address members of the NYSDOT and HDR, the engineering and consulting firm in charge of the project.

If you  are not able to make either of the meetings , you can find all the information presented at the meeting and submit your own comments at the project website, The public comment period will continue until July 22nd.

Monday’s meeting comes at the beginning of the public outreach timeline. Under federal law, the project must first submit to public scoping before proceeding with an environmental impact statement. Developers have spilt the project’s review process into what they call two “tiers.”  The first tier, which is expected to last until August 2012, will focus on developing the final project design and alternatives. The second tier, which is projected to last until 2015, will focus more on the details of development.

We’ll have more details after Monday’s meetings. What comments, concerns or questions do you have about the project?

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