NYC Comptroller: Remove Cars from BQE
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer has proposed a radical solution to the crumbling Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The plan calls for removing all cars between the Battery Tunnel and Navy Yard, which make up the large majority of the traffic on the roadway. With the cars removed, the roadway would not need to be completely rebuilt, saving money and time.
Details of the plan:
-Deck over the entrenched BQE along Hicks Street in #CobbleHill and Carroll Gardens and construct a linear park on top.
-Below the deck, two lanes would be devoted to trucks (one in each direction) and select bus service. The truck lanes would merge into the lowest level of the 3-tired section north of Atlantic Ave and would require decking over Furman Street.
-The park above would continue onto the middle level of the three-tiered section, below the promenade and above the new truck route.
-This would mean only one level has to be rebuilt, saving time and money and reconnecting the neighborhoods with the waterfront.
-Cars will be forced to take the Battery Tunnel, Queens-Midtown Tunnel, or Belt Parkway.
Comptroller Stringer outlined his plan in a letter to the Department of Transportation: