Construction at the BQE promises headaches for New York drivers starting Monday – Telemundo New York (47)

NEW YORKNew York drivers should prepare for new traffic patterns and substantial delays from extensive construction runs on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE), according to city officials.

This Monday, August 30, major construction will begin on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, which is expected to create a major headache for drivers as the workweek begins.

The city’s Department of Transportation is reducing the highway from three to two lanes in both directions from Atlantic Avenue to the Brooklyn Bridge, an effort that officials say will improve safety thanks to new dedicated entrance and exit lanes, provide a suitable hard shoulder to minimize the impact of traffic incidents and reduce weight on the road, which they say could extend its use for another two decades.

Drivers should prepare for the headaches this could cause due to substantial delays at the BQE.

The four-part plan focuses on preserving the stretch; execute immediate and ongoing maintenance; expand monitoring and enforcement of the law; and develop a long-term community vision for the entire corridor to be less dependent on large diesel trucks, which will help with pollution.

It’s unclear how long the entire project will last, or how long drivers will be hit by the worst delays as it progresses. See all the details of the project.

For traffic advisories related to the BQE project, including lane reduction, visit nyc.gov/bqealert.

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