The city’s Department of Transportation is cutting the number of lanes on a section the BQE from three to two in each direction effective Monday, Aug. 30.
The new layout along the nearly mile-long stretch between Atlantic Avenue and the Brooklyn Bridge is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recently-announced efforts to prolong the life of the crumbling highway’s triple-cantilever section by 20 years.
“This lane remarking may be inconvenient for some, but it is essential to making the road safer immediately and for decades to come,” said DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman in a statement Friday. “During this necessary work on the BQE, we strongly encourage drivers to seek alternate routes and use public transportation.”
Work on repainting the lanes started Friday evening, Aug. 27, and DOT warned drivers should expect “substantial delays” due to the change.
Traffic officials advise motorists take public transit instead, and trucks or essential vehicles should opt for alternative routes using the Hugh Carey Tunnel and the New Jersey Turnpike.
The lane reduction will immediately lighten the load on the tiered section of the highway wrapping around Brooklyn Heights and create dedicated new exit and entrance lanes and a shoulder in case of traffic incidents.