NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s a commuter alert for drivers on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
Main development was anticipated to snarl visitors for Monday morning’s commute. Officers urged commuters to take public transportation if they will, CBS2’s Cory James reported Sunday night time.
The days of the BQE having three lanes are ending. On Monday, drivers in each instructions will begin sharing two lanes. It’s a everlasting change stretching all the way in which from Atlantic Avenue to the Brooklyn Bridge.
“It’s a number of visitors bumper to bumper,” one driver mentioned. “I imply, going to 2 lanes goes to be fairly dangerous. That’s what I heard.”
Slicing lanes cuts down visitors, and in accordance with metropolis officers that may add about 20 years to the Canteliver part of the BQE, an space already crumbling and falling aside.
“Fortunately, we’re at a second in historical past the place we’re lastly getting the help we want from Washington. The BQE issues to the entire metropolis,” Mayor Invoice de Blasio mentioned.
Again when the town introduced plans to avoid wasting the corroding construction, CBS2 spoke with Rachel Weinberger, senior transportation fellow on the Regional Plan Association.
“Within the Nineteen Seventies, a cement truck fell by the West Aspect Freeway,” Weinberger mentioned.
It was a nightmare situation that metropolis officers don’t need to see once more.
So, in making the modifications on the BQE, eradicating outsized automobiles can be on the checklist.
The Department of Transportation acknowledged that features putting in “weigh-in-motion” expertise to routinely tremendous chubby vans, together with the NYPD growing weight enforcement.
“A semi is value one thing like 10,000 automotive equivalents, so if they will scale back the truck visitors that’s improper, that can purchase them quite a few years,” Weinberger mentioned.
Weinberger mentioned eliminating 25% of the visitors would remove any want for extra lanes.
Metropolis officers mentioned individuals who take the BQE ought to think about taking public transit or the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.
Editor’s notice: This story first appeared on August 29, 2021.
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