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.
The BHA met on November 19th with DOT Commissioner Trottenberg, the project’s engineers and other DOT officials, as well as with Councilmember Levin, Senator Kavanagh, and Assemblymember Simon and their representatives, and a representative of Borough President Eric Adams, for a two hour discussion concerning the BQE Project.
The BHA requested the meeting to accomplish several objectives:
In addition to avoiding the terrible impacts of DOT’s Promenade Highway on numerous residential buildings along Columbia Heights, as well as on 360 Furman, the concept offers other advantages, such as various construction techniques that could accelerate the project’s completion. No solution is likely to be perfect, however, and this concept would entail more temporary lane closures at certain locations than DOT’s preferred plan, making traffic management techniques an important part of this alternative approach. The BHA advanced this proposal to illustrate solutions that could be achieved if DOT could work with other government agencies to alleviate the narrow constraints it has imposed upon itself.
On Monday afternoon, the BHA, in conjunction with representatives of A Better Way NYC, met with a roster of major New York civic and preservation organizations to enlist their support in opposing the Promenade Highway. The representatives of these organizations voiced a strong concern for the highway’s impact on the Promenade and the metropolitan community, and offered both valuable ideas on how they can contribute to opposing the DOT plan as well as their support of our efforts to move DOT to adopt a better solution.
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 the mid-term elections 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.
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.
The New York Landmarks Conservancy has joined us in our effort to oppose the six lane highway on the Promenade.
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
City Council Member Stephen Levin
NYS Senator Brian Kavanagh
NYS Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon
Joannene Kidder, Chief of Staff & Executive Director of Community Affairs
Division of Bridges
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