Marc Wouters Studios led design alternatives for replacement of the I-278 BQE Triple Cantilever. The critical traffic artery, which handles over 150,000 vehicles per day, requires replacement after decades of use. The complex site includes several historic landmarks including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and extensive residential neighborhoods. NYC DOT prepared a replacement alternative that maintains vehicular operations, but requires demolition and disfigurement of several area historic features. The Brooklyn Heights Association retained Marc Wouters Studios to prepare an alternate proposal that met the majority of NYC DOT requirements while preserving critical historic areas.
The proposal addressed road geometry, construction phasing, historic landmarks, pedestrian and bike improvements for the area, construction scheduling, fabrication methods, bridge reframing methods, park enhancements, and more. The proposal was selected by New York City Mayor’s Panel on the BQE as one of two credible alternatives to investigate in further detail. The process required coordination with State Senators, State Assemble Members, NYC DOT leadership and staff, City Council Representatives, and the Mayor’s Office. The successful proposal not only halted plans to demolish historic features in the vicinity, but also a established more sustainable series of transportation goals for the entire BQE.
Our permanent solution will incorporate pedestrian and bike connections, innovative traffic management, enhanced park spaces, and sustainable design features. Neighborhoods are valuable, and seeing members of various neighborhoods pull together to address this issue has been a remarkable source of encouragement. NYCDOT has very forward thinking programs such as Vision Zero and we are confident that similar progressive concepts will be incorporated into this project. Mr. Wouters was awarded BHA’s Outstanding Service Award in 2020.