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Kosciuszko letter

Kosciuszko letter

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Letter from NYSDOT informing the public of the result of public feedback at the Kosciuszko Bridge sessions.
Letter from NYSDOT informing the public of the result of public feedback at the Kosciuszko Bridge sessions.

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Published by: Queens Crapper on Oct 10, 2010
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TO:FROM:RE:September9, 2010KosciuszkoBridge ProjectStakeholdersRobertAdams,ProjectManagerSNewYork StateDepartrnent fTransportationKosciuszkoBridgeProjectOpenHouseReport On behalf ofthe New York StateDepartmentof Transportation,would liketo share his copyof theFebrumy2010 KosciuszkoBridge Project OpenHouseReportwilhyouand othermeetingattendees.he Report documentscommunity inputreceived at the OpenHouses,as well asduring thecorrmentperiod hat ended n May2010. As a significant componentf theproject'spublicparticipationprogramduringfinal design,tdetailshe Main Spanbridgelpepreferencesthat were expressedy a broadrangeof constituents tthe OpenHouses,at CommunityBoardpresentations, nd via email.The Report hereforeservesas a critical elementof the Main SpanSelectionprocess lat is currently underway. Details on the selectedmain spanoption willbeprovidedoyouas soonas adecisionhasbeen inalized.In thenterim, ifyouhaveanyquestionsbout heReportor theproject ngeneral,pleasedo nothesitateo contactme at(7I8)482-4683 r kosciuszko@dot.state.ny.usrHelenNeuhaus, elenNeuhausAssociatest(212)532-417or helen@hnaI971com.
PHoNE:718)482-4683 FAX:718)4aZ-6319 E-MAIL:osciuszko@dot.state.y.usWEBSnE:ttps://www.vsdot.oov/regonal-offices/reoion1/projects/kosciuszko-bridoe-roiect
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.
PresentationTheQueenssessionswereopenedby Harold Fink, Acting Directorof Structures,NYSDOT.InBrooklyn, Mr. Finkand Adam Levine, Directorof Public Affairs, NYSDOT,opened theafternoon and eveningsessionsespectively.Foilowingwelcoming remarks, Robert Adams,ProjectManager,NYSDOT was ntroducedor an updateon Final Designactivities.Usinga PowerPoint resentation2.r. Adamsprovidedbrief recap l rheenvironmenlaleviewprocess,notingthat the Final EnvironmentalImpact StatementFEIS)that identified BridgeReplacementlternativeBR-5 as he preferredalternativewaspublishedn December2008. TheFederal Highway Administration(FHWA)signed the Recordof Decision on March9,2009,therebyapprovingBR-5 andgantingNYSDOT authorizationoproceedwith Final Designof thisalternative.Mr. Adams illustrated constructionstaging of the new bridgeby explaining that initial workwould involve constructionof a new,permanentstructureon theeastbound ide of the existingbridge. Al1 trafficwould then be shifted to the newstructure,allowing the existing bridge tobedemolished.The westboundportionof the new bridge would be built withinthe footprint of theexisting bridge. IndescribingAlternative BR-5, Mr.Adams highlighted the following featuresofthenewbridge:olowerelevation o improve roadway gradesand sight distances.standard ane and shoulderwidthsoauxiliary lanes n eachdirection o improvemerging and weaving conditionsonew bikeway/walkway on Brooklyn-boundside of roadwayMr. Adams emphasized hatsixlanesof traffic would be maintainedhroughout construction,resulting n noplanneddetoursor diversionof traffic to localstreets.Mr. Adamscontinuedwith an updateon Final Designactivities hat havebeen undertakenuringthepast year:-Field Surveys to identify the locationsofphysicalfeaturesandgatheropographicinformation neededo ensure hat Final Design of thebridge accurately eflects ieldconditionsGeotechnicalnvestigations collectionof subsurface nformation, including soilsamples, ock cores and testpitsat locations inBrooklyn andQueensneeded oprogressdesignandconstructionof the new bridge-Environmentalnvestigations collectionof soil andgroundwatersamples,conductof asbestosurweysof the bridge and buildings to be removedormodifiedduringconstruction, and identification of materialsto be handled and disposed of duringconstructton-Right-of-Wa)' Acquisition-initiation of theprocesso acquire private propertiesneeded o complete constructionof the new bridge. Mr. Adams explained that thisincludesthree types of acquisitions: Fee Acquisition(propertyis acquired by the.State),PetmanentEasementcwrcnIowner retainsownershipof the property,but theStatehas the rightto enter hepropeftyfor maintenance urposeshroughout he ife'Acopy of the PowerPoint presentationis available on theprojectwebsite(www.nysdot.ov/regional-offices/region1/plqiects/kosciuszko)or by contactingRobert Adams at(l18\482-4683.

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