By Lore Croghan
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Brooklyn Heights Association has launched a campaign calling on the city Department of Transportation to make urgently needed repairs on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway to stop the shake, rattle and roll that nearby residents are suffering.
Vibrations from trucks on the cantilevered BQE have worsened in the past year – and could be lessened by milling the roadway and replacing concrete and asphalt, the neighborhood advocacy group said in a letter to DOT Borough Commissioner Joseph Palmieri.
This type of repair – which was helpful in the past – hasn't been done in 12 years, according to the letter signed by BHA President Alexandra Bowie and Executive Director Judy Stanton.
“Residents who live close to the BQE are jolted out of their beds throughout the night and early morning. Dishes clatter. Cracks appear on interior walls,” they wrote. “What were once rumbles and tremors are now shocks and jolts. No wonder people fear for the stability of their homes and for their own safety.”
The cantilevered section of the constantly congested highway is anchored into the same soil as neighboring residential buildings, making them vulnerable with every pothole that trucks hit.
The BQE is a state highway but the city transportation agency handles routine maintenance of its cantilevered span. So BHA top brass are also urging residents to support the push for repairs by contacting City Councilman Steve Levin.