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May 8, 2012

$100M weigh-station project under way

OKLAHOMA CITY — The first of nine new weigh and inspection stations for heavy trucks entering Oklahoma has opened for business, and state officials are pushing ahead with a nearly $100 million project to build the rest, the head of Oklahoma’s Department of Transportation said Monday.

The first station along Interstate 35 near the Kansas border opened April 27, and a second station along Interstate 40 in far western Oklahoma is scheduled to open in a few months, ODOT Director Gary Ridley said.

Eight permanent, manned stations are being constructed at key ports of entry into Oklahoma, along with a ninth unmanned “virtual” station that will allow regulators to use special equipment to weigh and check trucks as they move along the highway, Ridley said. Stations will be built along interstates 35, 40 and 44, U.S. Highway 69 in Bryan County and U.S. Highway 271 in Choctaw County. The remote station will be along U.S. Highway 412 in Delaware County.

Each station will cost about $11 million to build, with most of the money coming from a 1-cent assessment on the wholesale purchase of gasoline and diesel fuel.

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