As reported by Stephen Nessen in Gothamist, starting this week the City’s Department of Transportation will start monitoring, using scales and license plate readers that were installed “months ago,” the weight of trucks using the Queens bound lanes of the cantilevered section of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway that lies below Brooklyn Heights. Monitoring of the Staten Island bound lanes will start later. Until November 8, trucks measured as exceeeding the 80,000 pound limit will be issued warnings. After that the owners will be given $650 fines.
While the delay in starting monitoring was caused in part by work needed to calibrate the scales, monitoring also required State authorization. As Mary Frost reported in the Eagle, last Thursday Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill, sponsored by State Senator Andrew Gounardes and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, that provides the needed authorization.