DOT's Proposals


The NYCDOT presented two construction options at their public meeting on September 27, 2018.  A video of this meeting is available on DOT’s project website.  The presentation includes narration and the complete videos of the proposed design options. You can also download their press packet. On this page you will find a summary of NYC DOT’s proposal along with an explanation for our opposition to these plans. We have also developed an alternate concept which we encourage you to review, download and share.

DOT Assumptions

DOT created their designs based on the following assumptions:

Assumptions

What this means

DOT must stay within its right of way

They will limit their footprint, both during construction and when the work is completed, to land which they own and control. They will avoid eminent domain or alienation of parkland.

BHA contends this is too limiting — and that their plan already alienates parkland by destroying the gardens behind the Promenade. Furthermore the “Promenade Highway” would require support columns to be built in Squibb Park.

DOT will not engage with other agencies or levels of government

They will avoid any designs or strategies which would require authorization of other agencies. For example, since they have no authority to impose tolls or congestion pricing,  they will not include these measures as a part of their plan.

BHA contends this is too restrictive — and that their plan already requires authorizations by State and Federal agencies. Limiting their solution for the sake of political expediency is short sighted, and will result in an inferior solution.

The BQE must accommodate the current volume of traffic: 153,000 vehicles per day

They will not consider traffic mitigating strategies, either for the construction phase or in the long term.

BHA contends a long term strategy is vital for the neighborhood and the region — and that in the short term, regardless of the construction strategy, traffic flow must be reduced to avoid back-ups, which will particularly affect Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Proposal #1: Traditional Lane-by-Lane Construction

The disadvantages, according to NYC DOT, are the following:

1. Night and weekend work during a minimum of 8 years

2. Unpredictable construction delays

3. Backed up traffic

4. Limited design options for reconstructed Promenade and BQE

Proposal #2: Promenade Highway (aka “Innovative” Plan)

The DOT calls this the “Innovative” Plan, but the BHA refers to it as the “Promenade Highway” because it calls for a six lane highway to replace the Promenade for a minimum of six years. The disadvantages the BHA sees with this plan include:

1. Night and weekend work for a minimum of 2 years while the temporary Promenade Highway is being built.

2. Close proximity of over 150,000 cars daily would have devastating impact on the health of the community and to the local economy.

3. The promenade is replaced by a Highway for almost a decade, from the time the temporary highway is built till all the construction is completed between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street.

4. Access to construction zone is impeded by support columns for Promenade Highway, slowing down the work.

 

The BHA considers both DOT approaches to be unacceptable

To challenge the DOT to develop a better solution, the BHA has proposed an alternative concept which we presented to the DOT in November 2018.