March 05, 2006
Gowanus Expressway to Dissapear?
The ugly, rusting Gowanus Expressay has blighted Red Hook, Sunset Park and Bay Ridge since 1941. I believe this is one of the many nasty projects that were rammed through city neighborhoods during the time of Robert Moses.
The Bay Ridge Paper reports that the state is considering several options that could replace the Gowanus with a tunnel. If the Federal Government can be convinced to contribute $13-18 billion, an 8.5 mile " Gowanus Tunnel " could run down First and/or Second Avenues all the way from the Verrazano to the Battery Tunnel by 2020.
Also under consideration is a much less expensive elevated monstrosity to replace the bucket of bolts that currently bights our neighborhoods. I don't think our Congressional delegation has the muscle to make the tunnel happen. I don't think we'll be riding through a Gowanus Tunnel anytime soon.