Residents of Brooklyn Heights have long complained about the trucks and vehicles that have used the neighborhood’s quiet streets as a detour to avoid the traffic on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
In five years, that traffic might get a whole lot worse.
On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the neighborhood may well see an onslaught of traffic and construction vehicles when work begins to rehabilitate the “crumbling” roadway, constructed in 1948.
“Few options are available for rerouting traffic. One alternative considered the last time the project was contemplated would have redirected traffic over what has since been transformed into Brooklyn Bridge Park. [Transportation commissioner Polly] Trottenberg said that option wasn’t on the table this time.
Diverting traffic onto the Belt Parkway isn’t feasible either. It can’t handle the weight of truck traffic and has clearances that are too low.”
Trottenberg characterized the project as “the city’s toughest transportation-project challenge,” which is why an earlier plan to work on the expressway was scuttled.
Read the full story at WSJ.