The Brooklyn Heights Association will hold their Annual Meeting this Wednesday, February 28th from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm at St. Francis College Founders Hall, 180 Remsen Street. Robert Collyer, NYC Department of Transportation’s Deputy Commissioner and Chief Bridge Officer, will make a presentation on the BQE rehabilitation project with a Q&A and refreshments to follow. The meeting is open to the public.
So what is design-build and why is it important for this project? As the BHA describes it on their detailed website, design-build would shave two years off of the desperately needed roadway rehab by skipping an intermediate bidding process and awarding the project to a single entity. They claim that if the reconstruction of the BQE is not completed by 2026, which can only be achieved if the design-build process is utilized, then 16,000 trucks PER DAY could be re-routed through the neighborhood via Court Street (see map).
So what can you do? 1) Attend the meeting this Wednesday night to learn more.
2) Sign this petition, share it with friends via social media and email:
4) Visit the BHA’s BQE Reconstruction Project webpage for more information on how to write to your legislators and additional info on public meetings and calls for community feedback.