BQE Update 11/9/2018

Oct 26

Our community is united in its opposition to DOT’s plan for a 6-lane highway on the Promenade.

While the 75 year old BQE triple cantilever must be rebuilt, we MUST advocate for better temporary solutions.  The BHA is working with the community, planners, and engineers to develop a better solution and present it to DOT and to our City and State elected officials.

Actions the BHA is taking

The BHA has organized a meeting with DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and the engineers overseeing the BQE Project on November 19th. At the meeting, we will press DOT to abandon the 6-lane highway on the Promenade in favor of a better approach to rebuilding the BQE.

The BHA has retained engineering consultants to evaluate alternatives to DOT’s plan and assess ways to reduce traffic on the BQE during the construction period. Their expertise will greatly assist the BHA in showing DOT that viable alternatives exist and warrant its consideration.

The outcome of Tuesday’s election and the leadership change in the State Senate could potentially pave the way for passage of a long-delayed congestion pricing plan that would place tolls on the East River crossings. This measure would reduce traffic on the BQE, making alternative construction approaches more feasible and mitigating their environmental impacts. With this new political opportunity, the BHA will advocate for the passage of this congestion pricing plan.

As we all know, the Promenade is a draw for all New Yorkers, not just those in our neighborhood. The traffic congestion resulting from the BQE Project will affect everyone. To ensure that all stakeholders are supportive of our objectives, the BHA is consulting with our sister neighborhood associations to keep them fully informed of our efforts.

Links to DOT Presentation and other Related Stories Available Online

The NYCDOT presentation of construction options from the September 27, 2018 BQE Project Update 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.

According to DOT, due to the high attendance at the public meeting and the agency’s priority to field questions from the public, abbreviated versions of the videos were shown at the meeting.

News 12 aired this story on October 19.

You can view the original BHA statement here.

What can you do to help?

Contact Mayor de Blasio and our other elected officials and tell them you oppose DOT’s current options and demand better alternatives:

Daniel Abramson, Office of the Mayor 
dabramson@cityhall.nyc.gov
(212) 788-7929

City Council Member Stephen Levin
slevin@council.nyc.gov
718-875-5200

NYS Senator Brian Kavanagh
Kavanagh@nysenate.gov
212-298-5565

NYS Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon
simonj@nyassembly.gov
718-246-4889

Let DOT know that the community deserves a better plan:

Joannene Kidder, Chief of Staff & Executive Director of Community Affairs
Division of Bridges
JKidder@dot.nyc.gov
212-839-6304

Help support the BHA’s efforts:

Donate online to: thebha.org/donate or send a check marked “BQE Fund” to BHA, 55 Pierrepont Street, 17D, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Become a BHA member and strengthen the BHA’s advocacy in waging this fight against DOT’s plan. Tell your friends and neighbors to join the BHA and join the fight.

Volunteer to distribute our posters (to hang in windows or apartment building bulletin boards) or our buttons.  Call 718-858-9193

Pick up a poster to display in your window, or a button to wear at the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, 55 Pierrepont St.

Sign the STP petition on Change.org