The Brooklyn Heights Association has issued a call to arms to the community concerning possible future plans for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway:
Among the things we are hearing is that rebuilding and potentially even widening the BQE to accommodate six lanes of traffic is most definitely on the table. If true, we believe that it would be a fundamental step backwards and will not address air and noise quality, climate concerns, and the community’s stated desire to shrink–not expand–the highway.
The BHA has provided a handy link to a Bloomberg News story reporting on a study that showed adding additional lanes to highways did not result in less, but rather increased, congestion.
There will be two meetings next week at which the public can hear about and question BQE plans. The first is an in person meeting on Tuesday, December 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the New York City College of Technology, 285 Jay Street. Bring proof of vaccination or a negative test result. There will be an on line meeting Thursday evening, December 15, also from 6:30 to 8:30. Register here to get a link to attend.