BQE Central

Two way traffic on the Brookly Queens Expressway's triple cantilever.

The BQE Central focuses on the expressway between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street in Brooklyn.

This 1.5 mile section of the BQE includes multiple bridge structures -- including the historic 0.4-mile-long “triple cantilever” -- as well as other ramps and retaining walls along the interstate corridor. NYC DOT is leading the effort to immediately start working with the community on a plan for the safe, modern, resilient structure we need.

In September 2022, Mayor Adams announced his administration’s engagement plan to quickly move toward a long-term fix for BQE Central.

Learn more about previous work on the BQE from Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street at

Community Engagement Timeline

  • October 2022 – Understand community needs, preferences, and priorities; launch Community Visioning Council and appoint members
  • December 2022 – Gather feedback on initial community-driven concepts
  • February 2023 – Gather feedback on refined concepts
  • March 2023 – Environmental review process begins

Review the BQE Corridor Vision anticipated timeline.

Corridor Vision BQE Central: Environmental Review Process Video

Video description: Photos and video clips of the BQE in Brooklyn and streets underneath and above it, focusing on the area between Sands Street and Atlantic Avenue, including the triple cantilever section. There is also a timeline showing engagement happening from 2022 through 2025, an environmental review process happening from fall 2023 through 2025, design happening from 2025 through 2026 and implementation happening in 2027 through 2031.