NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONKOSCIUSZKO BRIDGE PROJECTREPORTON OPENHOUSESFebruary18,2010QueensFebruary 4,2010-Brooklyn(3:008:00p.m.)TheNew York StateDeparlmentof TransportationNYSDOT)held Public Open Houses or theKosciuszkoBridge Projecton February 18, 2010 at Christ the King RegionalHigh
School(68-02Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village,Queens)and February 24,2Ot0 at St. Cecilia's Church(84HerbertStreet,Brooklyn).Inpreparationor the Open Houses,a newsletter hat featured hefour main spanbridge types under consideration or the new KosciuszkoBridge, was mailedtonearly 1,000 ndividuals,organizations,ublicofficials, community facilities. agenciesandmediaoutlets. At the request of several individualsandcivicorganizations,ncludingQueensCommunity Boards(CB)#2and, 5 and Brooklyn CB #1, over 2,000 copies of the newsletter nEnglish, Polish and Spanishwere alsoprovidedfor localdistribution.Displayadverlisementswere placed neight community and foreign languagePolish)newspapers.Meeting announce-ments were also sent to four local television stations,and community calendarannouncementswere distributed orpostingn community newspapers ndonorganizationalwebsites.The Open Houseswere scheduledoupdatehepublicon Final Designactivities or the KosciuszkoBridgeProject and to receive nput on the main spanbridge designoptions under consideration.The project is focusingon thel.1-milesection of the Brooklyn-QueensExpressway(BQE)between Morgan Avenue in Brooklyn and the Long Island Expressway(LIE)inQueenshatcrossesNewtown Creek. Both meetingsopenedwith an informal
sessionat which peoplecouldview informationaldisplays, ncludinggraphicsand 3D visualizationsfthebridge designoptions,and speak with membersofthe projectteam. Videos illustrating each main span bridge typehelpedmeetingattendees nvision he bridge rom a variety of viewpoints: the BQE, localstreets,the new bridge'sbikeway/walkwayand he waterfront. During thepresentationsamepresentationgivenat 3:30p.m.and 6:30p.m.at both venues) hat fo11owed,rojecteam membersprovidedaprojectupdate, ocusingon Final Design activities,with an emphasisnthe mainspanbridge typealternativesunder consideration. Each session oncludedwith a questionand discussioneriod.Meeting attendeesncluded esidents,usinessowners and representatives f communitygroups,agencies nd electedofficials, with over 45peopleattending heQueensOpen Houseand over 70peopleattendinghe OpenHouse n Brooklyn.(SeeAttachmentA for the attendanceistl.)CommentCards offeringpafticipantshe opportunity to register theirbridgetype preferences,identify bridge features of impoftance and recordotherproject-relatedcomments weredistributed to al1 meetingattendees. Additional copies of theprojectnewsletter were alsoavailable. Participantsat the Brooklyn Open Houseweregiventhe opportunity to complete theBrooklyn Parks Survey that hadpreviouslybeen distributed by members of the ParksSubcommitteeoftheStakeholdersAdvisory Committee(SAC).This survey was prepared norder to ascertain communitypreferencesregarding park features inthe expanded Sgt.Dougherty and New Active Park areas n Brooklyn.tNOTE: Not all attendeesegistered n the sign-in sheets.