We’ve received notice from the New York State Department of Transportation that the environmental impact study for the proposed Brooklyn-Queens Expressway rehabilitation has been terminated.
In these financially difficult times, NYSDOT is making strategic choices to make the best use of our limited resources, balancing core infrastructure preservation with fiscal reality while maintaining the safety and reliability of the transportation system. The alternatives being explored in the environmental study far exceed the financial resources available to us now and for the foreseeable future. Working closely with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), NYSDOT has concluded that terminating the environmental study is the most prudent and responsible course of action, allowing us to focus our resources on the highest and most critical needs.
The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is a critical component of the transportation network for both New York City and New York State. Keeping it safe and reliable is essential to commerce and quality of life. Working with the New York City Department of Transportation, the New York State Department of Transportation will continue to support efforts to ensure that the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway remains a safe and reliable roadway in our transportation system.
According to a notice published in the Federal Register by the Federal Highway Administration:
Proposed future projects will continue necessary State of Good Repair projects to structures, roadways, and appurtenances, to ensure the continued safe operation of this important roadway corridor. With this approach, future plans for the roadway may be addressed in a comprehensive manner as funds become available.
In other words, only those repairs necessary to keep the BQE safe will be done in the forseeable future. Projects like the proposed tunnel are far in the future, if they ever happen.