The New York State Department of Transportation has selected White Plains based HDR as the primary consultants on the $200 million BQE Triple Cantilever Project. The firm will lead the "scoping" effort on the portion of the expressway that spans from Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street and supports the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
HDR's website explains the scoping process as: Identifying existing conditions and needs, substandard features, safety, and operational deficiencies; in-depth inspection; establishing load rating design criteria; identifying goals and objectives; developing and evaluating feasible alternatives and their environmental, social, and economic impacts; right of way study; air quality and noise screening; hazardous waste/contaminated materials site investigation and assessment; visual impact assessment; historic preservation and restoration; and conceptual maintenance and protection of traffic design including construction staging.
The company also says another "critical element" of the project will be "public and agency outreach" regarding the endeavor. The project is bound to take years with the associated construction causing traffic delays as well as environmental issues and encroach on the quality of life for residents along the route.