ALBANY — A bipartisan group of state legislators from the town are urging Gov. Cuomo to permit the town to make use of a streamlined bidding course of for the deliberate reconstruction of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.
The 19 senators and Meeting members despatched a letter to Cuomo urging him in his upcoming state price range proposal to incorporate authorization for the town to make use of a design-build course of that backers say hastens the method and cut back prices by separating the planning and building phases.
Authorizing a design-build procurement course of would permit the town to expedite the BQE rehabilitation course of by as many as two years and save taxpayers greater than $113 million, the lawmakers stated.
“This portion of… I-278 is a vital hyperlink within the area’s transportation system and a protracted reconstruction might harm the area’s financial system,” the letter says.
A Cuomo spokesman had no rapid touch upon the trouble led by Sen. Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan) and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon (D-Brooklyn).
The lawmaker letter notes the BQE serves as a significant entry level to and from the East River bridges between Brooklyn and Manhattan and is an important route for freight vehicles.
The mission in query would reconstruct a portion of the roadway from Atlantic Avenue to Sands Road, which carries over 150,000 automobiles and vehicles per day with rising quantity, the letter says.
“Evaluation performed by the New York Metropolis Division of Transportation has concluded full rehabilitation of this section of the BQE should start now to make sure long-term security and keep away from extreme service disruptions over the subsequent decade,” the lawmakers wrote.
“In response to NYC DOT, if building is just not full by roughly 2026, the company will more than likely must bar truck visitors from the BQE between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Road to increase the helpful lifetime of the constructions.”
A invoice that may grant the town to make use of a design-build procurement course of for eight initiatives has been unable to clear the Legislature.
“Attributable to time-sensitive deadlines within the (BQE) mission’s procurement course of, laws to authorize design-build for this mission must be enacted by the tip of the State price range course of on the newest,” the letter says. “NYC DOT must subject a Request for no later than this spring to start procuring a design-build group for the mission.”
Cuomo has touted the success of design construct on a variety of state initiatives, together with the development of the brand new Tappan Zee Bridge.
“The 2 years that may very well be saved on this explicit mission will vastly cut back the a number of impacts on the residential and enterprise communities of this disruptive however important reconstruction,” the lawmakers wrote. “No jurisdiction would fairly pursue a mission of this magnitude and complexity with out design-build and it have to be approved for this mission immediately.”