Artist's rendering of the facility plans.

Artist's rendering of the facility plans.

The newest and one of the largest truck inspection facilities in California is set to open soon along eastbound Interstate 80 near Fairfield in Solano County.

The California Transportation Department says the $100 million Cordelia Truck Scales will have greater capacity and improved technology to handle the more than 2 million trucks annually that travel from the Port of Oakland on I-80 through Northern California and on to the rest of the nation. 

In 2012, more than 2.4 million trucks traveled through the old facility, and more than 40,000 inspections were performed. The new facility features multiple inspection bays and weigh-in-motion scales, which do not require trucks to come to a full stop to be weighed, making inspections more efficient.  

As part of the safety improvements, trucks will have longer exits and entrances onto I-80 and State Route 12 and new ramps that will make it safer for trucks entering and exiting the facility.

“The old facility was built in 1958, and could no longer handle the current levels of truck traffic,” said Caltrans District 4 Director Bijan Sartipi. ”By contrast, this new facility will not only handle today’s demands, but the projected increases for the next 30 years.”

Once truck traffic is routed through the new scales, the demolition of the old scales will begin and should be completed by this fall.