Elected Officials Press DOT on BQE Plans

The Eagle’s Mary Frost reports that local elected officials; federal. state, and local, have joined to sign a letter to New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, asking for clarification concerning the plans for repair or reconstruction of the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway below Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade. The letter notes that Commissioner Trottenberg had said in June that there was “timeline slippage” on the project, the officials asked “what stabilization measures are being considered for the rapidly deteriorating triple-cantilever highway running under the promenade.” The letter also asked why the entire burden of the project was on the city, while the BQE is also under state jurisdiction.

DOT spokesman Scott Gastel is quoted as saying the Department will meet with elected officials to discuss their concerns. He also said the DOT is waiting for the recommendations of panel appointed by Mayor de Blasio to study the issue. The panel is now expected to release their report “in the fall.”

Ms. Frost gives a link to the full text of the elected officials’ letter: it’s here.

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