Project Overview

BQE Corridor Vision: Adams' Administration Strategy

New York City is moving forward to fix the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) in Brooklyn. The BQE is a vital part of our transportation system and economy – we can and must immediately start working on a community-driven plan for the safe, modern, resilient roadway we need. The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) will work with communities along the BQE corridor on two initiatives.

  1. BQE Central will fix the City-owned structure from Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street
  2. BQE North and South will identify upgrades for all other segments of the BQE corridor in Brooklyn.

Community engagement will guide Mayor Adams' and DOT's decisions about the future of the full Brooklyn BQE Corridor. To hear from as many people as possible, we will offer a variety of ways to provide input, both online and in-person, at various times to accommodate varying schedules and preferences.

Learn more about BQE Corridor Vision.

BQE North & South

The Adams administration is committed to reconnecting Brooklyn communities divided by the BQE. Neighborhoods like Sunset Park, Gowanus, Red Hook, South Williamsburg, and Greenpoint have been separated by the Moses-era highway, leading to increased noise and air pollution while also limiting access to jobs and other needed resources.

The BQE to the north and south of Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street in Brooklyn is owned by New York State. NYC DOT will continue to work with NYS DOT to create a partnership that can bring real and valuable change to the North and South Brooklyn corridors.

Proposed projects will include a range of recommendations for the highway as well as City-owned adjacent streets, including:

  • NYC DOT projects on City-owned streets
  • Other City-lead projects on City-owned streets
  • NYS DOT projects on the highway that require ongoing coordination with the State
  • Multi-agency effort to explore viable alternative routes for freight to reduce truck traffic

In September 2022, Mayor Adams announced his administration’s engagement plan to quickly move toward a long-term fix for BQE Central.

Join The Conversation

  1. Participate in our online survey
  2. Submit a comment on our feedback maps
  3. Participate in our virtual and/or in-person workshops