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De Blasio Releases Plan to Extend BQE’s Life for 20 More Years

The de Blasio administration on Wednesday released a plan to extend the life of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) cantilever for at least another 20 years, while reimagining the corridor for a long-term future with less reliance on large, diesel trucks. 

The four-part plan focuses on preserving the structure; executing immediate and ongoing maintenance; expanding monitoring and enforcement; and developing a long-term, community-based vision for the corridor.

“We have the technology, the ideas, and the expertise to save the BQE, and we’re excited to execute this plan. But that’s just the start,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “New York City can do more than patch up a highway in need of repair – we can use this opportunity to rethink how people, goods, and services move around our city.”

Among the first steps will be a shift in lane markings along a half-mile stretch of the BQE from three lanes to two. 

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