Monday, August 27, 2018

BQE reconstruction is going to really suck

From Brooklyn Daily:

Work to rehabilitate the three-tiered 1.5-mile stretch of expressway from Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street can now start as early as 2021 — months after full L-train service is supposed to resume — and wrap by 2026, after state lawmakers in April passed a budget authorizing use of the streamlined design-build process for the city-led job, which will allow the Department of Transportation to solicit one bid for both the design and construction phases of the project, instead of contracting separate firms for each.

Green-lighting design-build, which proponents say will also shave about $100 million from the repair’s total $1.9-billion price tag, means the repairs will likely finish before 2028 — the year local transit leaders warned they might have to force the roughly 16,000 trucks that travel the expressway daily down local streets instead so the triple cantilever doesn’t collapse beneath their weight.

And residents shouldn’t worry about the decrepit, nearly 70-year-old roadway crumbling before then — even if they’ve read reports of other bridges around the world spontaneously collapsing — because the city’s top priority is making sure its infrastructure is safe, the mayor said.

But unlike said L-pocalypse — for which, city and state transportation officials are rolling out a plain to aid the roughly 225,000 L-train riders who cross the East River daily that includes more service on other trains, more ferries, new bike paths, and other options — there’s no backup highway for drivers to use when sections of the expressway are closed for its repair, DeBlasio said.


Anonymous said...

Backup plan is go take a train or bus to where you need to go

Sunnyside Al said...

My predictions:

Millions of dollars in government contracts will disappear.

Union construction will take at least 12-15 years.

The cheapest materials (steel, concrete, wire, etc.) from China will be used.

May God have mercy on our poor souls...

JQ LLC said...

This city is going to implode as the subway will get worse and the highways and local streets will be in a standstill state of transportation purgatory. They, meaning the city, state and federal transportation officials and the hacks writing legislation, meaning city council, state senators and assemblymen and the House and Senate in DC, let this infrastructure crisis exacerbate.


Anonymous said...

The unions are laughing all the way to the bank.

Anonymous said...

>Backup plan is go take a train or bus to where you need to go

Not easy to do when Western Queens is so dramatically underserved and there's very little direct public transit between Queens and Brooklyn.