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View Poll Results: What Shoud. Be Done With BQE?
Bury it like the "Big Dig" 15 65.22%
Make it street level like West Side Highway 1 4.35%
Rebuild and replace the current elevated highway with another 2 8.70%
Repair the current highway and keep things as they are. 5 21.74%
Voters: 23. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-02-2016, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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We can all thank Robert Moses for this.


If Moses had this way, we'd have the Cross-Brooklyn expressway and maybe a couple other other highways that would alleviate the constant bottlenecks on the BQE.

The BQE is a perpetual nightmare...but sometimes a necessary evil. Getting from parts of Queens to South Brooklyn is grueling if you take streets, so much that the decrepit and cramped BQE is sadly easier.

I think rebuilding above ground is sufficient in most spots, but that proposed stretch of tunnel that would bypass the "dog ear" around Brooklyn Heights and keep a straight path instead is a great idea.
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Old 12-02-2016, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Also...

Anyone else notice how the BQE actually shakes in some spots? If you're in the right-most lane northbound right before the tunnel split, you can feel the roadway tremble with sway when you're stopped.

It's very scary.
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Old 12-02-2016, 11:15 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Also...

Anyone else notice how the BQE actually shakes in some spots? If you're in the right-most lane northbound right before the tunnel split, you can feel the roadway tremble with sway when you're stopped.

It's very scary.
I think that's by design though, but yes, the infrastructure is so old in this city that I can't blame you for being scared.
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Old 12-02-2016, 02:08 PM
 
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Are you volunteering to leave?

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"Your suggestions?"


Get rid of a solid 50% of the population of this city. That's the only thing that will help the BQE.
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Old 12-02-2016, 03:57 PM
 
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Are you volunteering to leave?

Oh man, brother. The only thing keeping me here is work. I like my job. I fantasize about it everyday, trust me haha.
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Old 12-02-2016, 07:35 PM
 
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Either make it multilevel, or demolish it. Maybe add a light rail on it to connect Brooklyn to Laguardia.
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Old 12-02-2016, 08:25 PM
 
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I drove that every weekday for 32 years. I can't tell you how many front ends I went through.
Am sure many of the accidents on the BQE are caused by drivers hitting potholes and not know how to control their vehicle afterwards. Some of those craters if hit at speed can (and often will) take out a tire, damage rim, and or send hubcaps flying.


Thing is (and am sure many of us have been there) often there isn't any easy way to avoid hitting those potholes.


If spotted in time and traffic is light you can change lanes. That and or if again traffic is light enough you can slow down. However often that isn't the case as if traffic is moderate to heavy slowing down could cause someone to rear end you; and changing lanes would have someone clip you or you clip them. So you grip the steering wheel, say a quick Hail Mary and hope for the best..... Usually it don't go good.


Looking along the shoulder/side of the BQE and Gowanus will often see hubcaps and even a few tires littered about.


People rag about New Jersey, but their roads are excellent compared to NYC. You get out/over any of the Hudson River crossings and road is like silk. This compared to the pothole heaven of say Tenth or Eleventh avenues or any of the other approaches to the East or Hudson river crossings. The NJT and Garden State are a dream to drive on compared to the BQE. This is one reason prefer to go through NJ when say going to SI.
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Old 12-02-2016, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Gods country
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Am sure many of the accidents on the BQE are caused by drivers hitting potholes and not know how to control their vehicle afterwards. Some of those craters if hit at speed can (and often will) take out a tire, damage rim, and or send hubcaps flying.


Thing is (and am sure many of us have been there) often there isn't any easy way to avoid hitting those potholes.


If spotted in time and traffic is light you can change lanes. That and or if again traffic is light enough you can slow down. However often that isn't the case as if traffic is moderate to heavy slowing down could cause someone to rear end you; and changing lanes would have someone clip you or you clip them. So you grip the steering wheel, say a quick Hail Mary and hope for the best..... Usually it don't go good.


Looking along the shoulder/side of the BQE and Gowanus will often see hubcaps and even a few tires littered about.


People rag about New Jersey, but their roads are excellent compared to NYC. You get out/over any of the Hudson River crossings and road is like silk. This compared to the pothole heaven of say Tenth or Eleventh avenues or any of the other approaches to the East or Hudson river crossings. The NJT and Garden State are a dream to drive on compared to the BQE. This is one reason prefer to go through NJ when say going to SI.
I learned over my years of driving in NYC that it was vital to scan the road ahead for potholes in order to save my front end.
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Old 12-03-2016, 11:18 AM
 
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Am sure many of the accidents on the BQE are caused by drivers hitting potholes and not know how to control their vehicle afterwards. Some of those craters if hit at speed can (and often will) take out a tire, damage rim, and or send hubcaps flying.
Many accidents are also where people get onto the BQE in Park Slope right before the split. You have people getting on trying to get three lanes over after getting on and you have people trying to get in the two rightmost lanes and you have to be pretty aggressive sometimes to get in there. I try to avoid driving on there at all costs but I've almost been hit multiple times over there from people going over to the right.
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Old 12-03-2016, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Glendale NY
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Getting on the nourthbound BQE from Atlantic Avenue is the scariest thing ever, especially on a rainy night.
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