Mary Frost, in the Eagle reports on yesterday evening’s meeting, in which DOT officials revealed three possible plans for the Central portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, which sits below Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade, between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street. Renderings of these plans, dubbed “The Stoop”, “The Terraces”, and “The Lookout”, can be seen in Ms. Frost’s story, linked above. In your correspondent’s estimation, The Stoop appears best because it covers the highway for at least part of its length and limits traffic to two lanes.
Regarding the number of lanes, Ms. Frost quotes Tanvi Pandya, the Department of Transportation’s head engineer for the BQE project, to the effect that the number of lanes in the Central portion may be determined as a result of environmental studies that, among other things, may consider the effect of reducing the Central portion to two lanes on traffic congestion, and accompanying pollution, on portions of the BQE to the north and south. Concerning the lanes issue, City Council Member Lincoln Restler is quoted: “It’s for our climate future; that way we don’t just replicate the status quo of highway infrastructure that has severely hurt and destabilized our communities with terrible air quality and noise issues and vibrations.” Mr. Restler urged “neighbors and stakeholders” to communicate with him because “the DOT must work in partnership with us if they hope to enact any of these proposals.”