SHELBY --On Tuesday, May 27, at 8 p.m., construction is scheduled to begin on a new weigh station along Interstate 85 northbound in Gaston County. Temporary nighttime lane closures will be in place near the new location between the Crowders Mountain Road and Edgewood Road exits as construction on the weigh station progresses.
The intermittent lane closures will happen overnight between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. for roughly the next year. To minimize impacts to the traveling public, the lane closures will be done at night and only one lane will be closed at a time.
The new weigh station will replace an existing station along I-85 northbound at the Catawba River. Large volumes of tractor-trailers use that weigh station and, as they're exiting, often cause backups along I-85. The new weigh station is designed to fix this problem by providing more room for tractor-trailers exiting the interstate, as well as eliminating any incline on the entry ramps so drivers don't have to accelerate when they're returning to I-85 after being weighed.
Once completed, the new weigh station will include:
- A 2,100-foot deceleration lane for trucks exiting the interstate to be weighed, which is nearly three times as long as the same lane at the existing weigh station;
- Space for five offices, a break room, and a lobby with a vending area for truck drivers; and
- In-motion technology that allows some tractor-trailers to be weighed without stopping.
The new weigh station is scheduled for completion in November 2016.For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT onTwitter.
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