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City Mulls Remedies for BQE Noise and Pollution

Monday, November 29, 2010

There are only a few days remaining for citizens to give their feedback on proposals to reconnect two Brooklyn neighborhoods severed decades ago by a highway.
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The Brooklyn Queens Expressway cuts off the Brooklyn waterfront from Carroll Gardens. Planners are suggesting three different plans, involving more trees, sound barriers, and even so-called green canopies to reduce noise and pollution. 
Madelyn Wils [WILLS] is with the Economic Development Corporation. She says the idea is to make the area more attractive to businesses and residents.
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There are only a few days remaining for citizens to give feedback on proposals to reconnect two Brooklyn neighborhoods severed decades ago by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.

The BQE cuts off the Brooklyn waterfront from Carroll Gardens. Planners are suggesting three different plans, involving more trees, sound barriers and even "green canopies" to reduce noise and pollution. 

Madelyn Wils is with the Economic Development Corporation. She said the idea is to make the area more attractive to businesses and residents.

"Well they call it the ditch and it's very noisy. And it makes people not want to cross," Wils said.

The proposals could cost anywhere from $10 million to $80 million and there is no money in place right now to make the changes. Wils said federal transportation funds could be one source of funding. The deadline to comment on the EDC's Web site is December 1.

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me from Queens

Here in Queens along the LIE (at least east of the BQE), they have sound barriers and greenspaces.

Feb. 10 2012 11:01 PM
Davin from Brooklyn.

Livability should be a top concern for city planners. Highways often divide neighborhoods, increase air pollution, and create noise pollution. Fight for livability in your community. Visit www.transportationequity.org and find a TEN affiliate in your area.

Nov. 29 2010 10:39 AM

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