Tonight! Major Q&A on BQE rebuild

The elevated Brooklyn–Queens Expressway stack desperately needs repair.
The Brooklyn Paper / Evan Gardner

Listen up, road worriers!

Brooklynites will have an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns about the impending reconstruction of the crumbling Brooklyn-Queens Expressway tonight during a public meeting on the massive project at the Ingersoll Community Center — just one week after the city dropped the bombshell that the beloved Brooklyn Heights Promenade may be closed for up to six years to make way for a temporary six-lane roadway.

The city’s Department of Transportation must rebuild the deteriorating three-tiered structure, known as the triple cantilever — which our editor got a peek inside of last Friday — and plans to break ground as early as 2020.

But during construction, the traffic has got to go somewhere, so officials proposed building an elevated roadway at the promenade level, which would force the historic walkway over Brooklyn Bridge Park to be shuttered for six years.

Alternatively, officials suggested rebuilding the 70-year-old expressway lane-by-lane, which could create traffic delays that would stretch up to 12 miles.

Transportation officials decided on Wednesday to move the meeting location to a larger-capacity room — likely in anticipation of large crowds — from 1 MetroTech Center to the Ingersoll Community Center on Myrtle Avenue.

But if you can’t make the meeting — or if you miss a chunk of it after getting stuck in traffic on the expressway — you can catch the city’s presentation and following question-and-answer session during a livestream on Facebook.

Public meeting on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway at the Ingersoll Community Center (177 Myrtle Ave. at Prince Street) Sept. 27 at 6:30 pm–8:30 pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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