Thursday, June 28, 2007

What's Up With the Oversized Loads in Williamsburg?

From a GL reader comes an intriguing question about big loads of construction material being driven through Williamsburg, destination unknown. To wit:
I live on Grand St. in W'burg, one of the designated truck routes through Brooklyn, and I've noticed that over the past several nights, there have been convoys of 3-5 oversize load flatbeds carrying these huge (I'd say 15-20 ft. diameter) prefab round steel construction pieces. I'm used to seeing oversize loads coming through at night (usually big boats or building ventilation units) but the frequency and intensity have been unusual. Anybody have any idea on what this is all about? Local construction or just driving through? Inquiring minds want to know.
The only development we can think of right now that would seem to qualify for material that large is The Edge on Kent Avenue, but that is at a very early stage of the construction process right now. Anyone with thoughts, do let us know.



Blogger Gary said...

If I had to guess, I'd say parts for the eastside Access TBM (tunnel boring machine). Those things are enormous, and we know they are assembling it.

Second guess would be pieces for the sewage treatment plant on Newtown Creek that is being upgraded.

Third guess, {insert "yo mama" joke here].

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn't a big deal. It's also not new. These trucks, with these parts - along with any other oversized load that has to get around brooklyn - gets transported up kent and then up franklin street, which is how i have seen them for over a year, probably longer. it's always late night.

my assumption was:
1) tunnel stuff (as the other commenter posted)
or 2) parts for the newtown creek sewage facility

not new. not alarming.

5:35 PM  

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