The state has enough money lined up to build five port of entry truck weighing and inspection stations similar to one that opened last month in Kay County, a transportation official says. The new stations have the technological capacity to weigh moving trucks and check their brakes.
By Michael McNutt | Published: May 8, 2012
The state should have enough money to build five port of entry truck weighing and inspection stations similar to one that recently opened in Kay County, but it will end up short of the money needed to construct three additional stations, Oklahoma's transportation secretary said Monday.
“Funding's not all in place for that to happen,” said Transportation Department Director Gary Ridley, who also serves as transportation secretary on Gov. Mary Fallin's Cabinet. “We don't have enough to build them all.”
Estimates indicate more than 8 million trucks will enter Oklahoma at the nine new, state-of-the-art weigh stations.
Before the Kay County station opened April 27 off Interstate 35 about a mile south of the Kansas line, less than 10 percent of commercial trucks driving on the state's roads were inspected or weighed, state transportation officials said.
Ridley said on average a truck enters the state from Kansas once every 35 seconds... FULL ARTICLE
Tue, May 8, 2012
by John Cox