BQE Below Brooklyn Heights Being Resurfaced

Our friends at the Brooklyn Heights Association have advised us that the City Department of Transportation, in an effort to reduce the problem of vibrations from the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, has ordered the resurfacing of the BQE from Brooklyn Bridge to Remsen Street. The BHA’s announcement said that the reduction in traffic because of COVID-19 may have made the vibration problem worse because it allows trucks to move faster.

Your correspondent went looking for evidence of resurfacing work, and got the photo above, taken from the north end of the Promenade, showing the surface of the upper, Queens bound, level having been milled to a point just south of the bridge that carries Columbia Heights over the BQE. While the work is intended to reduce vibrations in the longer run, in the shorter one the milling and resurfacing may actually increase them.

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  • CassieVonMontague

    In March and April, the vibrations were fewer but the ones that hit were really strong.

    Recently, I haven’t noticed any at all. I thought it was because of better weight monitoring, but it’s probably because the traffic has gotten back to normal.

  • Daddyo

    Hope the heavy equipment used for repaving doesn’t collapse the BQE. Now that would be ironic, eh?

  • Jorale-man

    I wonder whatever happened to the plans for a larger fix for the BQE? It appears that the traffic jams are returning even without most people going into offices. This can only last so long, I’d think.

  • Claude Scales

    It appears part of the resurfacing is now complete, except for painting the white lines.