Idea of ‘Tearing Down the BQE’ Gets Fresh Look as Feds Open Their Wallets

The head of a now-defunct panel that was tasked with coming up with ways to repair the beleaguered Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is now bruiting the idea of tearing down the Robert Moses-era highway — although the construction-trades honcho would rebuild it in some fashion.

New York Building Congress President & CEO Carlo Scissura — head of the 16-person panel that Mayor de Blasio created in 2019 after he nixed a plan to replace the endangered road by building a temporary highway that would have knocked out the Brooklyn Heights promenade  — said Wednesday that the city should seize the moment and reimagine the entire 11.7-mile corridor from the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge in Brooklyn to the Grand Central Parkway in Queens, in light of the new federal infrastructure bill.

The legislation includes money to reconnect communities cleaved by highways like the BQE. In August, de Blasio announced plans to shore up the road, punting the fate of the expressway to the next mayor.

Building-trades honcho Carlo Scissura says that the city should ‘get rid’ of the decrepit highway and ‘start from scratch.’

The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Brooklyn Heights. Photo: Patch The head of a now-defunct panel that was tasked with coming up with ways to repair the beleaguered Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is now […]

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