BQE Blockage

We received notice from Notify NYC that the eastbound BQE (southbound as it passes Brooklyn Heights) is blocked near the Brooklyn Bridge because of an overturned tractor-trailer. When we arrived at the sidewalk overlooking Hillside Park at about 5:45 p.m., this is what we saw: an upright but apparently disabled tractor-trailer in the left lane; a flatbed parked behind it; a red car stopped in the right lane; and a policeman directing all traffic onto the Cadman Plaza West exit.

As of 7 p.m., WINS-AM reported that eastbound lanes remain closed as wreckage has yet to be cleared from the road, while traffic is backed up all the way to Bay Ridge. (Photo: Claude Scales)

Update: The eastbound lanes are now open. There’s a photo on Gothamist of the overturned truck further down the BQE that caused the blockage here (thanks to readers Bloomy and Joe).

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  • Bloomy

    Gothamist has some good photos. The tractor trailer with the issue is not the blue one above, but a different one at an underpass of the Brooklyn Bridge.

  • joe

    not even close. wrong exit, wrong truck. that blue truck is not disabled. get your facts straight.

  • lori

    Bloomy and Joe – It looks like you are referring to a completely different accident.

  • Claude Scales

    Bloomy and Joe are correct. Amateur journalist that I am, I went looking for what I’d read about on Notify NYC, and found the point at which traffic was being directed off the BQE. There was a wreck further down, but I didn’t go looking for it, as I figured it was enough to show that the highway was blocked and traffic was being directed onto the Cadman Plaza West exit.

    Joe, I’m giving myself fifty lashes with a wet noodle for being a complete idiot.

  • John Q

    What do we have to do to get the BQE/ Triple Cantilever Roadway repair project back on the public agenda?

  • Bloomy

    You still get an A for effort Claude.

  • cascascas

    Isn’t this the third such incident this year? What is going on – is this related to the construction for the Brooklyn Bridge?

  • Claude Scales

    There was this in October 2009 and this in October 2008. I don’t think it has anything to do with work on the Brooklyn Bridge. There are some sharp curves in the BQE in that area, which seems likely to be a reason.