On August 4, 2021, 18 months after his expert panel submitted its report, Mayor de Blasio announces he "is excited to execute this plan" and follow some of the recommendations made back in January of 2020. The announcement describes immediate and ongoing maintenance to preserve the structure and buy the time needed to develop a long-term, community-based vision for the entire corridor. Specifically, the number of lanes between Altantic Avenue and the Brooklyn Bridge will be reduced to two in each direction, and monitoring (including sensors and “weigh-in-motion” technology to automatically fine overweight trucks) will be expanded.
It is our belief that the planning to reverse the negative environmental, economic, and public health impacts of the BQE must begin now, and we will hold the City to its commitment to move forward immediately with structured and substantive engagement with all the communities along the BQE corridor.
Reports and Statements
September 15, 2022, Letter to NY Governor and NYC Mayor
April 2021, BQET Briefing
February 2020, City Council's Report
February 21, 2020, Comptroller Scott Stringer's letter to Commissioner Polly Trottenberg
January 30, 2020, Mayor's Panel Final Report
November 25, 2019, Unified Statement of BQET coalition members