DELCO, Idaho– International Road Dynamics Inc. (IRD), a Quarterhill Inc. company, has been awarded a $2.2 million contract in Idaho to supply and install an eastbound mainline weigh-in-motion (WIM) and electronic pre-clearance system to complement the westbound IRD system at the new Idaho Transportation Department Port-of-Entry (POE) facility on I-84 near Declo.
According to a news release, this will be the sixth WIM site IRD has deployed in Idaho.
“The purpose of the project is to complete the relocation of the Cotterel POE and provide a safer traveling experience for all vehicles on the interstate system,” the news release stated. “Additionally, the new POE location will facilitate more efficient trucking operations through the use of advanced weigh station automation and pre-screening technologies. The updated systems will assist the state in more effectively meeting federal compliance standards.”
This system will weigh commercial vehicles at highway speeds upstream of the weigh station using IRD’s Single Load Cell WIM scales and check for tire defects with IRD’s Tire Anomaly and Classification System (TACS).
The system will also use an IRD-supplied License Plate Reader and an Automated Vehicle Identification system to check vehicle credentials. This credentialing information will be screened against state and federal databases using IRD’s commercial vehicle safety e-screening platform. Commercial vehicles in violation of weight or safety regulations will be automatically signaled to report for inspection at the port-of-entry weigh station by changeable message signs.
During peak times, weigh stations often exceed capacity and are forced to close or allow trucks to bypass the weigh station until the lineup at the station is cleared.
“By combining Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) information with the weight, the weigh station can focus on high-risk vehicles, allowing compliant carriers with good safety records to bypass the weigh station,” according to the news release. “Not only does this greatly improve the effectiveness of the weigh station, but it provides a considerable benefit to the trucking industry by making the roadways safer and reducing wait times at weigh stations for compliant carriers, thus reducing fuel costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.”
Rish Malhotra, IRD president and CEO, said that the project complements the existing Idaho Transportation Department deployments at Boise, Lewiston, Huetter, Inkom and Sage Junction that were previously installed by IRD,” said
“IRD’s systems have a proven track record of providing a safer experience to the traveling public in the State of Idaho,” Malhotra said. “By further expanding the state’s network of fully automated weigh station facilities, road users will benefit from highly efficient systems that reduce road delays and emissions for heavy truck operators while at the same time protecting road infrastructure and public safety.”
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