The issue of repairing the cantilevered stretch of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway below the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Heights is one that those in authority have, for some years, as the saying goes, “kicked down the road.” Any solution was bound to raise problems, whether for drivers and truckers who use the BQE, Brooklyn Heights residents, or residents of other neighborhoods who could be affected by diverted traffic.
Politico reports that certain unidentified sources have seen drafts of the report, due to be released this month, by the panel appointed by Mayor de Blasio to study the question of how best to repair the BQE. According to these sources, Politico claims, the report is likely to recommend the appointment of a new panel, one that would include representatives of the federal and state governments. This new panel’s task would be “to both deal with the immediate concerns surrounding the triple-cantilever highway under the Brooklyn Promenade and envision a broader plan for the entire corridor from Staten Island to Queens.”
In the meantime, again according to Politico’s sources, the current panel will recommend measures to reduce traffic flow on the BQE, including reducing its capacity from three lanes in each direction to two, and closing some entrance ramps.
Politico contacted Carlo Scissura (photo), who chairs the Mayor’s panel. He said “the panel will release its report in the coming weeks after meeting with community groups and elected officials,” and added that “nothing has been concluded and nothing is final.”