The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway radically changed Brooklyn in the 20th century. Here's a look at its history and the ever-evolving proposals for repairing and rethinking it in the 21st.
Kosciuszko Bridge rendering courtesy NYS DOT
Last night, over on 39th Street in Sunnyside, the NYS DOT held a meeting to discuss the forthcoming Kosciuszko Bridge project. This is a BIG deal for anybody who lives in North Brooklyn, Western Queens, or who drives on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. It’s also a HUGE deal for us as taxpayers. The first phase of this project, which will build half of the replacement span and demolish the existing bridge is $555 million – the largest contract in NYS DOT history. The contractors as chosen and announced by Governor Cuomo are Skanska, a construction firm based in NYC, which will be managing partner; Ecco III of Yonkers; Kiewit of Nebraska; and HNTB of Kansas.
The “New Meeker Avenue Bridge” opened back on August 23rd of 1939, and was a pet project of Robert Moses. It was the first link in the chain which would eventually become the BQE. This post at my Newtown Pentacle blog displays a series of historic shots from that long ago time, and this one here at Q’stoner discusses what’s found in DUKBO – Down Under the Kosciuszko Bridge Onramp.
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This Fedders-style building two doors from the BQE in East Williamsburg is asking $2,350,000. It doesn’t have much curb appeal, but the rent roll could be pretty high. There are two three-bedroom units and two one-bedroom apartments, according to the listing, although PropertyShark lists it as a three-family.
Since the property is 30 feet wide and 3,564 square feet, the ask works out to be less than $700 a square foot. Do you think they’ll get it?
The DOT is closing some of the southbound lanes on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway at night in Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo, beginning tonight through March 29, according to an email from Community Board Two. Lane closures will happen from midnight to 5 am between Atlantic Avenue and Cadman Plaza to repair expansion joints.
One lane will be closed from 12:01 am to 1:00 am and two lanes will be closed until 5:00 am. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times.
Image by arlene7529
Image source: rollingrck on Flickr
The Kosciuszko Bridge, which spans Newtown Creek to connect Brooklyn and Queens on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, is going to be rebuilt starting in the spring of 2013. The $460 million project was fast-tracked to begin a year earlier than originally planned, and is expected to be finished in the summer of 2016, according to the New York State Department of Transportation.