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DOT Report on BQE Work Planned Weekend of October 14-16

The city Department of Transportation’s Anita Navalurkar has given us notice of the traffic effects of planned BQE repair work below Grace Court and Clark Street from 2:00 AM Saturday, October 14 to 5:00 AM Monday, October 16. During this period: (1) the “Queens bound BQE will be fully closed from Atlantic Avenue to Sands […]

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Letter from 16 Organizations to Electeds Rejecting the City’s BQE Rehab Plans

Here is the open letter, printed in full, from 16 organizations rejecting the City’s plan for BQE rehab, including A Better Way (originated by community activists in Brooklyn Heights), Brooklyn Heights Association, the Montague BID, 160 Columbia Heights, and 360 Furman St. August 14, 2023 Dear Governor Hochul, Mayor Adams, Deputy Mayor Joshi, and DOT […]

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BQE Update On Line Friday

We have this from Councilmember Lincoln Restler: Join DOT officials on Friday, August 25 from 12:00PM to 12:45PM to get an update on the interim repairs to the BQE triple cantilever: get your questions answered, learn about upcoming work, and voice any concerns you may have. To join the meeting on Friday, click here. After […]

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Overweight Truck Monitoring Starts on BQE, Thanks to Local Electeds

As reported by Stephen Nessen in Gothamist, starting this week the City’s Department of Transportation will start monitoring, using scales and license plate readers that were installed “months ago,” the weight of trucks using the Queens bound lanes of the cantilevered section of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway that lies below Brooklyn Heights. Monitoring of the […]

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Guess What? Another Delay For BQE Repair Work

The City Department of Transportation has advised us that the start of the interim repair work on the parts of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway below Clark Street and below Grace Court, which had been scheduled for this Monday, has been postponed a second time. DOT now hopes to start the work the week of August […]

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Jackhammering on the BQE Now Scheduled to Start Next Monday; Delays Could Push Repairs into Next Spring

As reported by Mary Frost in The Eagle Friday and linked in a comment by Mary Kim to her earlier post, the start of repair work to the cantilevered parts of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway beneath Clark Street and beneath Grace Court was postponed for a second time, and is now scheduled to begin Monday, July […]

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BQE Interim Repairs Info Session This Thursday, July 20, 4 PM; Update on Work at Columbia Street Ramps

The NYC Department of Transportation will be holding a virtual meeting to discuss the BQE interim repairs. You can sign up for the meeting at this link. You can also view the DOT’s June 2023 interim repairs webinar powerpoint presentation at this link or watch the webinar on YouTube at this link. The DOT’s written update this week covered […]

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Former Transportation Commissioner Criticizes Mayor’s BQE Plans

Gothamist reports that former DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman, who served under Mayor Bill de Blasio, opposes the three alternative long term Brooklyn Queens Expressway plans proposed by Mayor Eric Adams’s administration. All of these plans would keep the “Central” portion of the BQE following its present route around and below Brooklyn Heights. Mr. Gutman notes […]

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Update on BQE Repair Plans

Mary Frost in The Eagle has a comprehensive report on the Department of Transportation’s virtual community meeting Thursday evening discussing plans for interim repairs to the BQE this summer. Your correspondent also attended; here are some quick takeaways: 1. The work will take place at three locations: below the foot of Grace Court, below the […]

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BQE Work Starting Soon; “Virtual Community Meeting” Thursday Evening

We’ve been advised by State Senator Andrew Gounardes that the City Department of Transportation will start in July to do “significant and necessary repairs” to the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway that underlies much of Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. This is interim repair work simply to stabilize the existing structure […]

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