The project will also include the construction of a four-lane bridge across Suisun Creek and new braided on and off ramp access between the Truck Scales, I-80 and nearby Highway 12.
The California Department of Transportation, the Solano Transportation Authority and the California Highway Patrol broke ground on the project on April 20.
New Facility Coming
The new, nearly $100 million complex will make it more efficient for CHP to conduct safety inspections and improve technology.
The new facility will be constructed approximately 2,500 feet east of the existing facility and accommodate the projected increase of traffic along I-80 through 2040. As of spring 2012, nearly 10,000 trucks a day traveled from the Port of Oakland along I-80 to Northern California and beyond.
Features and Benefits
The new truck scales facility will also improve traffic safety and travel times along the busy I-80/I-680/Highway 12 corridor in Solano County by improving:
- Truck inspection times with modern state-of-the-art weigh-in-motion technology. The new scales will make it easier for the CHP to weigh trucks entering the scales.
- Inspection capability of trucks with multiple loads. The new facility will include new multiple truck inspection bays, making it easier and more efficient for the CHP to conduct routine inspections.
- Traffic flow of trucks entering and exiting the new facility. The new scales will be constructed with newly designed traffic lanes using a system of braided ramps which will improve the safety of all vehicles entering and exiting the facility as well as improve traffic flow along the I-80/I-680/Highway 12 corridor.
The project received 50% of its funding from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program and 50% from regional/local funds. Construction is scheduled to be completed in mid 2013.