Friday, April 18, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Celebration sets stage for soon-to-open truck scales

CHP scales groundbreaking 7_12_13

California Highway Patrol Lieutenant Mike Ferrell, center, and Intelligent Imaging Systems President Brian Heath, right, talk to visitors at the new Interstate-80 eastbound Cordelia truck scales during the unveiling Friday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

By
From page A1 | July 13, 2013 | 3 Comments

FAIRFIELD — A new, $100 million eastbound Interstate 80 truck scale weigh station had its coming-out party Friday.

Dozens of local, regional and state officials came to the complex for the 1 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. They gave speeches and took tours.

About the only thing missing was trucks, other than two construction trucks used as props. The trucks on I-80 continued to use the adjacent, 55-year-old California Highway Patrol truck scales complex, with its short ramps that have long caused freeway traffic problems.

Trucks should start using the new scales complex during the week that begins July 22, state Department of Transportation spokesman Vince Jacala said. He didn’t have a precise date.

If the speakers at Friday’s event are correct, the new setup will create faster, safer traffic flow on I-80. Also, it will promote safety by allowing the California Highway Patrol to screen and inspect more trucks, making certain they are not carrying too much weight or are in unsafe condition.

“This is first and foremost about public safety,” said state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis.

The new complex will certainly do its job with a sense of style and with technology not seen at the 1958 eastbound scales.

“It’s safe to say this truck scale will be a huge step forward and set the bar, not only for truck scales in California, but nationwide,” Caltrans District 4 Director Bijan Sartipi said.

The 1958 scales complex is stripped down and basic. A small brick building and portables house the offices. Truck inspections are done in what amounts to a large metal shed that is open to the wind. Vegetation is nonexistent, unless a weed grows through a crack in the asphalt.

In contrast, the new trucks scales complex is an attention-getter. The main building’s front facade incorporates curves and elevation changes. The seven-bay inspection building looks big enough to easily contain the old inspection shed. Trees, grass and decorative rocks provide landscaping.

One of the visitors Friday looked at the interior of the new truck inspection building, saw the vast concrete floor, silver metal inspection control rooms and towering metal roof and said it looked like a scene from “Star Wars.”

Much of the new complex involves ramps designed to give trucks more room to enter and leave the scales. The ramps leaving the scales include a bridge structure to separate trucks re-entering I-80 with vehicles on I-80 leaving the freeway for Highway 12.

Plus, the new truck scales complex uses technology to screen trucks for more detailed safety inspections and makes increased use of weigh-in-motion scales. Speakers said all of this will help with the flow of goods carried by trucks from the Port of Oakland to inland areas.

“This is a good facility – good for the nation, good for the state and good for this region,” said Rep. John Garamendi, D-Fairfield.

It’s been a long time coming. The Solano Transportation Authority began looking to replace the truck scales more than a decade ago as a way to improve local freeway traffic flow. Local leaders initially wanted to relocate the weigh station to a different area miles away – basically get it away from the congested Interstates 80 and 680 interchange — but the California Highway Patrol disagreed.

Meanwhile, the state had about 10 other truck scale complexes it wanted to renovate before it got to the local eastbound I-80 complex.

“It was basically an orphan project, didn’t have funding, didn’t have anyone who wanted to deal with it,” Solano Transportation Authority Executive Director Daryl Halls said.

Studies and the search for money followed. About $48 million came from Proposition 1B, the $19.9 billion transportation bond passed by state voters in 2006. Almost $50 million came from regional bridge tolls. Speakers said that Caltrans, the Solano Transportation Authority, the California Transportation Commission, the California Highway Patrol and various elected officials such as Wolk all made the project possible.

Halls said the project went from orphan child to poster child.

But, for all the celebratory mood, several speakers made it clear the job isn’t done yet. They pointed out that the 1958 westbound I-80 truck scales complex still remains to be renovated, with no construction date in sight.

“We can’t forget about the westbound scales,” county Supervisor Jim Spering said. “I think we’ve got the model. We’ve got the strategy. We just need now to pursue it.”

The 1958 eastbound truck scales complex has about 125,000 trucks pass through a month. It performs about 23,000 inspections annually. Each year, it takes about 2,300 trucks out of service, finds 4,600 brake violations and finds 600 weight violations, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 3 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Steven KaysJuly 13, 2013 - 7:16 am

    The new truck scales location were just what was needed to help reduce traffic congestion, especially from trucks driving thru our county =). Thank You

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rich GiddensJuly 13, 2013 - 9:53 am

    100 million huh? Sounds kind of opulent, lavish and typically California government extravagant to me!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. PracticalJuly 13, 2013 - 4:08 pm

    The new scales will be a big help regionally for the economy. Well done.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

‘Same Time, Next Year’ opens in Benicia

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

 
‘We Got Next’ Comedy Tour stops at Dimitri’s

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

Man to stand trial in rural Vacaville killing

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Puppies to take part in Vallejo dog show

By Adrienne Harris | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Barbecue brings big crowd, progress to Parkway Gardens

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Afisivalu announces run for Fairfield council

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Tonnesen seeks Fairfield City Council seat

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Family matriarch celebrates 100th birthday

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Assist-A-Grad wraps up interviews

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Night closures possible at Merchant Street ramp

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A4

Napa County bridge to close for work

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A4

 
Town hall on crime set in Fairfield

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A4

 
Crash shuts I-80 offramp to Highway 12

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Suisun City police log: April 16, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Fairfield police log: April 16, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Weather for April 18, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B12

 
.

US / World

Putin’s choice of words shed light on Ukraine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Who gained, and what, at Ukraine talks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

Ukrainian unity on display with peaceful rallies

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions – for now

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

Salmon released in California river restoration

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman’s death

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
1 dead, 1 injured in California boating accident

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

BART fined $210,000 for worker deaths

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Military shell prompted evacuation of hundreds

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

California health care sign-ups exceed projections

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Dirty creek, old purse solve four-decade mystery

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3 1/2 years

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
Holder: Hate crimes ‘an affront to who we are’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

S. Sudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Peru volcano prompts evacuation of 4,000

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Nigeria: Fate of 115 abducted girls unknown

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Samples collected from oil slick not from plane

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

Confused, chaotic scene described on sinking ferry

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
.

Opinion

Food brings back fond memories

By Bud Stevenson | From Page: A11

 
Is Jeb Bush too old school for the new GOP?

By Doyle Mcmanus | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

Internationally out of touch

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11

 
Watch out for grandson scam

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 2 Comments

Why so much spent to find a plane?

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11

 
Editorial Cartoons for April 18, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

.

Living

Today in History for April 18, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: April 18, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

My husband tells our sons that they don’t need to listen to me

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B13

 
Horoscopes for April 18, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B13

.

Entertainment

 
Week in preview April 18-24, 2014

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

Review: ‘Heaven Is for Real’ heartfelt but dull

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Lost radio program featuring Hank Williams found

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
‘Real Housewives’ TV star faces battery charge

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Ill, hospitalized Miley Cyrus postpones more shows

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Entertainment calendar April 18, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: B4

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

.

Sports

Dodgers get to Bumgarner early for win over Giants

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
Badminton update: Rodriguez, Armijo head toward post season

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B7 | Gallery

MEL boys roll to easy win over SCAC

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
Short-handed SCAC girls ‘gut out’ all-star win over MEL

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B7 | Gallery

Sharks beat Kings 6-3 in Game 1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
Montreal team sign Chad Johnson to 2-year contract

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Seattle 1B Choi banned 50 games for positive test

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Dodgers’ Puig focuses on baseball despite issues

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Miguel Angel Jimenez set for Champions Tour debut

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
Sponsorship woes put Swan Racing future in doubt

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Ex-quarterback McNabb spends day in Arizona jail

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Season wrapup: Sacramento Kings’ ‘new era’ off to slow start

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
Clippers-Warriors series billed as must-see TV

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Kuchar builds on Masters momentum, shares Heritage lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
War of words in Northwestern-athletes’ union fight

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Shumenov gets big chance in ring against ageless Hopkins

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Boston Marathon makes room for more runners

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Stanford takes lead at LPGA LOTTE tournament

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Vanden clinches at least share of SCAC boys tennis title

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B10

 
.

Business

Toyota Camry gets a top-to-bottom makeover

By The Associated Press | From Page: C1

 
Hot models at this year’s New York Auto Show

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

Judge won’t order recalled GM cars to be parked

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Walmart jumps into the money transfer biz, loudly

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
.

Obituaries

Sealwyn Shirley Brucefield Shepherd Malkiewicz

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

 
Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B13

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B13

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B13

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B13

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B13