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NYC Council unveils multi-billion dollar proposal to replace section of BQE with tunnel

Posted: 6:26 PM, Feb 25, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-25 18:26:32-05

BROOKLYN — For years, the Brooklyn Queens Expressway has been the root of many headaches for both drivers and the city officials tapped to fix it.

Two proposals aimed at tackling the crumbling BQE are now on the table. They come by way of an engineering consulting firm hired by the city council

One plan would transform the BQE into a capped street level highway, allowing for an expansion of Brooklyn Bridge Park over the roadway.

The second would tear it all down and replace it with a 3-mile-long tunnel. Both plans aren’t cheap. The capped roadway will cost taxpayers $3 billion while the tunnel would charge $11 billion.

The council’s transportation committee held a hearing about it and lawmakers questioned the recommendations, appearing to be lukewarm about their options. A concern that continues to loom is the impact construction of any kInd will have on neighboring communities.

The Department of Transportation will be meeting with both the mayor’s expert panel and city council’s panel in the coming weeks to determine what happens next and they stress a dialogue with the community is a priority.