Some residents along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade could be forced from their homes during at least some of the years-long Brooklyn Queens Expressway repairs, city officials said on Friday.
The BQE is being replaced between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street in the neighborhood — and the most likely plan calls for six years of construction.
Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg confirmed during a tour of the dilapidated highway that some residents may have to move out while work is being done.
“Every option will be on the table,” Trottenberg said.
Trottenberg declined to say what would happen to those residents and whether the city would pay to house them elsewhere.
“We’ll be coming back and having a discussion starting next week about what are the solutions, what are the impacts, what can the city do to minimize the inconvenience,” she said.
City officials revealed on Thursday that they want to build a temporary six-lane roadway on top of the promenade, where traffic would be diverted while the BQE is being reconstructed. That would send tens of thousands of vehicles zooming past some of the most expensive real estate in the city.
An alternate, less likely plan calls for rebuilding the highway lane by lane. That would take eight years and cause massive traffic issues across the city.
Residents were furious when they heard about the possibility of being pushed out of their homes.
“If they tell me I need to leave my apartment they better put me on Park Avenue, but I’ll cross the bridge when I get to it,” said Mike Vignapiano, 37, who lives at the corner of Cranberry and Columbia Heights.
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