The state's first port of entry truck weighing and inspection station opens Friday on Interstate 35 near the Kansas border.
The Kay County station replaces an older weigh station. When fully operational, it will feature weigh-in-motion technology that checks trucks' weight, size and permit status through road sensors, allowing drivers to receive a green light before entering the facility, said Cole Hackett, a spokesman for the state Transportation Department. The system is already in use in other states.
“It keeps the commercial trucking industry moving,” he said.
An open house is planned for Friday at the facility, which cost about $11 million. It is the first of eight port of entry stations planned plus one remote site that features weigh-in-motion.
Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas said improvements to the state's weigh stations are critical for the safety of the truck drivers and other motorists. A second port of entry station is scheduled to open in a few months on Interstate 40 in Beckham County near the Texas border.
The program is a joint project involving the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which will operate the stations, the state Transportation Department, which will build and maintain the stations, the Public Safety Department and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.