The Daily News has a piece by former City DOT Commissioner Ross Sandler, who describes in detail the ongoing process of corrosion that is weakening the supports of the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway and of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade above it. As we reported a year ago, an expert panel appointed by the mayor, on which Mr. Sandler served, recommended that repairs to the highway begin immediately, and that they be done in a way, as Mr. Sandler is quoted as saying, that would “avoid encroaching on Brooklyn Bridge Park or the homes of Brooklyn Heights.”
Now the Brooklyn Paper reports that Mayor De Blasio
revealed that city will resume planning for a long-term fix to the crumbling Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in the coming weeks, after a year of radio silence from officials regarding the beleaguered roadway.
The Brooklyn Paper story quotes the mayor as saying he’s “hopeful for help from the feds under the new Democratic presidential administration of Joe Biden,” and praising the president’s appointment of former NYC Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg as a Deputy Secretary of Transportation. The story also notes that the City DOT
has started some repair work on the 1.5-mile section between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street the agency has jurisdiction over (the remaining stretches of the highway are run by the state), such as a fix to the wall at Hicks Street near Poplar Street, which started in October.
According to the Brooklyn Paper, “[a] spokesman for DOT did not return a request for information whether the agency had done any other work on the BQE since January 2020, or to reveal the city’s future plans.” As we noted here, in June 2020 some resurfacing work was done.