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Published on Jun 26, 2014
Ms. Iris Weinshall is a visionary person. In 2006, I sent her a proposal to widen the roadway of the BQE and the Prospect Expressway so that the HOV lane would run on the top in the morning and, at the same time, the entrance to the Prospect Expressway will remain always open. A few weeks later I called her office and the secretary told me that no such a proposal exists and that they will move my proposal to the proper channels. Ms. Iris Weinshall recognized the potential of that suggestion and acted on it. I received a letter, signed by her on July 18, 2006, replying that she moved my proposal to the regional DOT director. My proposal was completed a few weeks ago and it has allowed morning traffic on the BQE West Bound to move freely to the Prospect Expressway. I also made a proposal to convert Furman Street to "two way" and that has been done. Since Ms. Iris Weinshall's departure, from the DOT I have made many other suggestions but so far nobody has acted on them. One was to build a tunnel below Grand Street and Metropolitan Avenue which will stretch for 6.3 miles connecting BQE by the Williamsburg Bridge and the intersection of the Van Wyck Expressway, Grand Central Parkway, Jackie Robinson Parkway, and Union Turnpike. That tunnel will connect Manhattan with major airports in the time frame of 15 minutes. I also suggested opening the third lane by the Brooklyn Bridge so in the morning the traffic will not be standing all the way back to almost Verrazano Bridge. Additional proposal was to change the traffic arrangement by the Williamsburg Bridge exit at Delancey Avenue so traffic could flow directly to the FDR Drive. Furthermore, I suggested opening separate exit form the LIE East Bound direct to the Van Wyck Expressway so if the traffic is backed up on the Grand Central Parkway, some of the cars can divert to the Van Wyck Expressway. There are many other proposals which were made by me and I am not going to mention all of them. Honestly I think the DOT is doing a great job for New York City; however, director with a good head on the shoulder and with a strong backing definitely can achieve miracle for this city. I strongly believe that if Iris Weinshall had remained as a commissioner, at least some of those suggestions would have been implemented by now.
ZDISLAV DAVID LASEVSKI President NIVIE ELECTRONICS