The BQE will be closed for repairs over the weekend: what you need to know
The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) was built in the mid-1940s, but the section scheduled to be renovated this weekend is already close to becoming unusable or completely crumbling, Secret NYC reports.
The New York City Traffic Enforcement Administration announced that the highway would be closed to allow for “necessary repairs and restoration work.” Let’s hope these renovations make the BQE more bearable to drive – especially when combined with the new design concepts unveiled earlier this year for the all-new BQE.
Everything you need to know before you get in the car this weekend:
When will BQE close?
Sections of the BQE, particularly the triple canopy section, will close on Saturday, October 14th at 2am. It will be closed until 4am on Monday 16 October.
Which sections of the BQE will be closed?
During repair work the following will be closed:
- the section toward Queens between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street;
- Queens entrances at 3rd Avenue, 6th Avenue, Prospect Expressway, Hamilton Avenue and Atlantic Avenue;
- Staten Island entrances on Flushing Avenue, Sands Street and Vine Street;
- exits from Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge.
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In addition to these closures, Staten Island-bound traffic will be limited to one lane between Sands Street and Atlantic Avenue.
Will renovation work affect public transport?
The B67 and B79 bus stops at Pearl Street and Sands Street will also be closed. Other public transport will not be affected.
What to do if you still need to travel to the area
During the BQE closure, traffic in the area will be diverted to local streets – signage will guide you where to go. However, it is recommended to allow extra time for travel.
Detour maps can be found on the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) website.
What repair work is being carried out
In areas of the collapsing canopy in the area of Clark Street and Grace Court, NYC DOT will add additional concrete and reinforcing bars.
According to DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, the renovations are being done to “preserve the life of the BQE while at the same time trying to minimize the impact on the local community.”
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