Charlotte - Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson this morning joined representatives of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol along with local officials to unveil a new weigh station along I-85 North in Gaston County. Today's ribbon cutting ceremony comes less than a month after the Nov. 15 opening of the $19.7 million facility.
"The way that trucks approach this facility and leave this facility is far superior to what we've had before, and is superior to where we have it in other places," said Secretary Tennyson. "The effectiveness of the inspections is enhanced by the facilities that we've built."
Construction of the weigh station started in May 2014 to include a truck scale building and booth, a 3,400-square foot station for offices, a training/meeting room, break area, vending machine area and restroom facilities.
The station features a 2,100 foot deceleration lane -nearly three times longer as the previous weigh station near Charlotte -and much less incline for trucks to safely accelerate to merge back on I-85. These features improve safety for both truckers and motorists.
The station is also the first in the state to have an indoor inspection building, allowing vehicle inspections to be performed in all weather conditions. Additional technology will allow some tractor-trailers to weigh-in-motion without stopping.
This project also fulfills Governor McCrory's 25-Year Vision by recognizing the importance of moving freight efficiently throughout the state, improving interstate connectivity and helping relieve congestion. Freight connectivity is also one of the project evaluation criteria under the Strategic Transportation Investments law.