Thursday, April 8, 2010

First Steps to 'Fix the Ditch'

The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, more often an accident prone parking lot than a moving highway, is finally getting some attention.

A massive rehab of the triple cantilever under Brooklyn Heights is moving into the last stage of its scoping phase and attention can now come to the 'Fix the Ditch' project, an effort to bring connectivity to the trench that cuts off Cobble Hill & Carrol Gardens off from the Columbia Waterfront district.

The BQE Enhancement Study, led by Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, PLLC has officially begun.

The project seeks to find creative solutions to mitigate the noise and pollution created by the BQE from Atlantic to Hamilton Avenues, and to help reconnect communities on both sides. Solutions may include beautification projects such as green planted buffers, overhanging walkways or pedestrian crossing bridges. The overall goal is to create a plan that is innovative and sustainable, but most importantly, practical to implement. The final report will serve as the marketing tool to obtain construction funding.

Three public meetings will be held over next year, beginning with this one..
Where: Tuesday, May 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
When: Long Island College Hospital (LICH), Avram Conference Center
339 Hick Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Conference Rooms C & D
RSVP: Please RSVP to

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