From the NY Post:
The Belt Parkway would be a great place to construct an elevated express lane from Sheepshead Bay all the way to Kennedy Airport, a couple of community leaders are proclaiming this week -- and they want to use federal stimulus dollars to get the job done.
“We are stuck,” Community Board 15 Chair Theresa Scavo said. ”The Belt Parkway is antiquated and cannot handle the volume of traffic. The only place to go is up.”
The idea to erect an elevated express lane over the Belt Parkway is no pie-in-the-sky scheme, according to Scavo, and she already has enlisted the support of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood (MBNA} Association President Alan Ditchek.
“It’s a win-win situation,” Ditchek told members of the MBNA at P.S. 195 last week. “It would put people to work and everyone would be happy with the results.”
Seven spans along the Belt Parkway are already slated for upgrade as part of an extensive bridge rehabilitation program.
In addition, the city’s Department of Design & Construction is about to embark on a rehabilitation project of its own involving guardrails, drainage and catch basins.
According to Scavo, erecting an elevated express lane over the Belt Parkway could be accomplished in as little as two years.
“Very little of the stimulus money is being used,” Scavo suggested. “No one is even putting in for it.”