Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Shut Down

June 7, 2019

With the aging Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, B.Q.E, it has begun to fall apart and break down, causing city officials to make major and significant renovations before 2026. Even though it is only 58 years, the expressway is used frequently. Students commutes are going to become much difficult since the main way of travel is closed.

A couple weeks ago, the City Council announced that they are going to hire an independent firm to analyze the plans for the B.Q.E. “‘Our guiding principle  is this: If we’re going to spend billions and billions of dollars on a project that is important to our city and to this neighborhood, shouldn’t the end result be better than what we began with?’ said Corey Johnson, Council member.” This is a great thing because the quicker we get the bridge fixed determines how much longer the bridge can be around. The bad sides of the bridge closing is how lower class people will not be able to go on the bridge currently because there is a toll to pay. People will not take the BQE as often, but more upper class people can because then can afford the price of paying everyday.

The BQE’s age is closing for one main reason, because of the age, it is beginning to crippling under their weight restrictions. In response, the city has come up with two options: work overnight, but work for much longer or close the Brooklyn Heights promenade for six years to make way for a temporary, six-lane highway at street level. Even thought the old and unsafe bridge is going to be fixed soon, this makes it harder for students to do their daily commute to school. The will have to pay a toll to get on the bridge. For student who do not want to use their money this way will have to find a longer commute to get to school. 

Jack Sheehan said, “Even though I do not take to BQE very often, I know that is will affect my commute. It is a very convenient way for me to get home, [Red Hook] if I am even in a rush or in Manhattan. I did not know that the bridge was going to be closing in 2026, I just hope that they fix it fast.” He is one of the students who take the BQE to get to school. He explains how to he did not know about this and how he commute will be much different for him. He also used to walk on the promenade quite often, so Jack is upset that is will be closed for the time being.

 

In 2026 the BQE will be shut down temporarily for reconstruction. Students who have to commute from Brooklyn to Queens or Manhattan with have to change the path soon. There are many pros and cons to the rebuilding of the bridge: longer lasting and less usage, only for upper class. This bridge is used very frequently, so closing it will affect students and adults going to work.

 

 

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