Our Studio authored an Alternative Plan for the i278 BQE replacement, known the the “Temporary Parallel Bypass Method”. The plan is designed to accommodate the needs of several local communities along the BQE between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street, while also accommodating the important demands of regional traffic. The Parallel Method will allow the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to remain open during much of the reconstruction period, protect the Brooklyn Bridge, not increase the levels of vehicle exhaust adjacent to residential areas in the same manner NYCDOT’s Elevated Highway option would, and advance innovative construction methods.
Our plan uses narrow strips of public land adjacent to the BQE that are seldom visited by New Yorkers, and that can hold a temporary highway with the required number of traffic lanes. All area parks in the area would remain active and open. are proud to be working with the Brooklyn Heights Association, NYCDOT, A Better Way, and to see Elected Officials formally request NYCDOT examine the Parallel Method. Our alternate temporary plan provides good transportation services while our studio and many others work on a progressive permanent solution to the 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.