Apparently, the Democratic Party takes the region for granted. This segment of I-278 is New York Long Island's sole continuous interstate highway route to the west that bypasses Manhattan, yet somehow its modernization is not compelling to the Obama Administration?
Borough President Marty Markowitz- “While I understand that budgets are facing deep cuts, the decision of NYSDOT and the FHWA (Federal Highway Association) to terminate the EIS studies on the Gowanus and BQE expressways is an insult to Brooklyn and New York City. By postponing their replacement by a generation or more, poor service will continue on these critical roadways and the millions of New Yorkers who travel them every year or live in proximity will suffer.”http://www.brooklyneagle.com/categories/category.php?category_id=27&id=47766
Meanwhile, Germany is to Widen and Cover its A7
Although the article mentions six lanes being covered, the video shows this freeway widened to 4-5 lanes, with covered segment intelligently utilizing the now existing sloped embankment space.
Perhaps some politicians shall make this an issue?