Aging Brooklyn-Queens Expressway set for much-needed repairs

NEW YORK – Transportation officials in New York City have announced plans to spend $1.7 billion to repair a one-and-a-half mile stretch of the aging Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

The project is expected to be the most expensive ever undertaken by the New York City Department of Transportation.

This first section runs from Sands Street to Atlantic Avenue and includes the Brooklyn Promenade in Brooklyn Heights. Additional work is being planned along other sections.

The federal, state and city governments will be involved with the project for a highway that stretches through all five boroughs.

Recent inspections have found that the much-maligned highway would require emergency repairs in the future without a major overhaul within the next decade. Portions have already been resurfaced as a temporary measure.

The project is in the early phases. The environmental review is expected to begin in 2017 and it will include more public meetings. In 2019, preliminary designs are set to be completed. Work would begin after that and could take 5 years.

Transportation officials have said they hope to keep three lanes open in both directions during the repairs. A facebook page has been set up at "BQEAtlanticToSands."

NYCDOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg says the BQE is one of the city's most vital corridors, with roughly 140,000 vehicles traveling on the highway each day.

The official presentation can be seen here.