Trucks Banned from BQE?

The Post reports that portions of the BQE may eventually become so unstable that trucks would need to be banned from the most at-risk sections.   Unless the City’s DOT can convince Albany to a approve “design/build” process-one that “allows both the project’s design and construction to be bid on and completed by the same contractor”-Brooklyn Heights residents could see trucks rumbling through the neighborhood.

“If the agency doesn’t get permission, the reconstruction project could extend two years, to 2028, forcing the city to kick trucks off the highway between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street and onto local roadways, according to the DOT,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

Without “design/build” the diversion of trucks and the two year delay would make “a horrible situation into an absolute nightmare,” said Peter Bray, executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association.

For three consecutive years, the DOT has attempted persuade Albany to pass a bill that would allow “design/build” for the BQE rehab project but the legislation has failed by a slim margin each time. State Sen. Marty Golden said he plans to introduce a new bill as soon as possible.



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  • Sweeties

    This will not end well.

  • greenfield

    So if no-design/build would extend the construction by two years, why didn’t they just start the project three years ago when they failed to get no-design/build passed in the first place?

  • Andrew Porter

    Hopefully, the gradual introduction of electric heavy-duty trucks will at least ease the pollution burden the area now suffers from.

  • Dalvec

    these trucks are already rumbling through our neighborhood. Can’t our local reps ban these trucks from ruining our neighborhood?

  • Arch Stanton

    Prolly cause it’s a money savings as well.

  • Mad Hatter

    The people in this neighborhood will do nothing about it. Perhaps just spend more time in one of thier other homes. They have looked the other way at the destruction of what was a magical place to live. Ultra rich pigs, endless renovations, the thugs going and coming from bbp, horrid condos on the waterfront, destruction of the library. I would hate to live on henry or hicks.

  • Arch Stanton

    Not much can be done, the highway needs to be renovated and the traffic needs to flow. it’s a matter of geography and we are screwed.

  • Bridge worker 🚷

    That’s what you always (disingenuously) say archie when anyone asks for some concrete action in a positive direction. There are dozens of strong actions people can take. Open demonstratons and literature distrib are a start. But at least people should force full release of as many internal DOT documents on the real condition of the roadway underpinning under DO I requests. I wonder what the owners of $$$$ houses on Col. Hts would do if they saw photos and engineers descriptions of the structure which supports their building’s foundations!!!

  • Reggie

    According to the Eagle, “Bray said that BHA organized a campaign ‘to get other stakeholder groups to sign on to a letter that we sent to [Gov.] Cuomo and to the Senate majority leader and Assembly leader urging passage of [design-build], and we’re going to keep working with Sen. Kavanagh,” so the neighborhood, or at least a subset, is in fact doing something.

  • Arch Stanton

    You are Jeff Smith. Am I being disingenuous?

  • TeddyNYC

    Like we really needed more trucks on our streets. Just another mess to look forward to (or not).