Overweight Trucks on BQE to be Monitored and Penalized

As reported by Kirstyn Brendlen in the Brooklyn Paper, Governor Kathy Hochul has signed into law a bill, sponsored by State Senator Brian Kavanagh and Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon, that authorizes

the city’s Department of Transportation to install up to 16 weigh stations on the BQE between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street. The technology will flag trucks exceeding the roadway’s 80,000-pound limit and allow authorities to issue violations to the vehicle’s owners.

According to the Brooklyn Paper story, limiting the weight of trucks using the cantilevered portion of the BQE should, along with reduction of traffic to two lanes, extend the useful life of the cantilevered portion by twenty years. This is outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan. As we’ve noted here, others, including Carlo Scissura, who headed the panel appointed by the Mayor to study the BQE, believe more drastic action is necessary and desirable.

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  • streeter

    Perhaps a good time to remind everyone, that beyond weight:
    -trucks spanning a length exceeding 55 feet are illegal on every square inch of Brooklyn.
    -nevertheless, these vehicles are everywhere. They usually can be identified by a big ‘53’ on the side
    -our friends at the 84th ignore complaints about these illegal vehicles, and have for years
    -these oversized trucks frequently halt traffic, because, y’know, they’re too big for Brooklyn Heights and surrounding neighborhoods
    -dispatchers and major companies like Target and Amazon know that these vehicles are illegal here, but continue sending them into Brooklyn. It’s okay though, because I’m sure they’re passing the savings on to you!

  • Cranberry Beret

    Don’t worry, Eric “I illegally park my own vehicle in Borough Hall Plaza with a bogus placard” Adams will be on the case!

  • CassieVonMontague

    Since the reduction to two lanes, I haven’t noticed any vibrations in my home. I used to notice sudden jolting vibrations from what I assumed was a speeding overweight semi hitting a loose expansion plate. Would anyone who lives closer to the BQE like to (ahem) weigh in on how things are going?

  • CassieVonMontague

    Mayor de Blasio Announces Launch of Digitized Placard Readers in North Brooklyn, December 23, 2021

    Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the launch of a digitized placard reader program in north Brooklyn, a major step toward cracking down on abuse and ensuring public servants use their parking privileges appropriately. This program’s phased rollout will begin in north Brooklyn, with a special emphasis on downtown Brooklyn.


    De Blasio really has a knack for implementing policies days before his successor, who is sure to reverse them, takes over.

  • streeter

    Looking forward to asking a traffic enforcement agent to point their scanner on a misspelled handwritten note, construction vest, or PBA card.