Brooklyn Greenway to also work as storm barrier

Brooklyn Greenway to also work as storm barrier

Brooklyn authorities have plans to develop an under-construction 14-mile walking & cycling path along the western rim of the city into the borough's first-of-its-kind storm barrier.

Designers behind the Brooklyn Greenway yesterday unveiled plans for eco-friendly features of the path, such as rain gardens capable of diverting around half a billion gallons of water away from the borough's sewer system.

Tricia Martin of private firm We Design, which is working on the plans, said the think about the Brooklyn Greenway route as a corridor that would move people, bikes, skaters and skateboarders.

The project was initially designed for a long biking trail but it gradually evolved to include various proposals for wetlands, catch basins and storm waves-blocking berms.

In a news conference on Tuesday, Borough President Eric Adams said, "We can be environmentally friendly and have beautification at the same time."

The proposed Greenway under discussion is scheduled to be built during the next decade. The miles-long walking & cycling path will curl along the East River from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge.

The long-planned project was spearheaded by a nonprofit called Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. It is expected to cost in the range of $100 million to $200 million. Required money will come from a mix of federal, state and city funds.

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