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.