Construction Of New Weigh Station Is Underway

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

It's a busy eastern Kentucky roadway filled with hundreds of loaded trucks making their daily haul.

Construction is underway on a permanent weigh station for U.S. 23.

While everyone agrees it will make the road safer, some say it will also be a headache.

In just a few months, all trucks travelling north on U.S.23 will have to stop at the new station and get weighed to make sure they're at a legal limit.

Police say it is long overdue on the road, but some truckers say it will slow down their travel time.

Officers estimate 500 trucks drive on US-23 a day, but soon, all of the trucks will have to make a pit stop.

Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement and state transportation officials are building a permanent weigh station at the Floyd-Johnson County line.

Sergeant Jamie Collins says overweight coal trucks are always a problem on US-23 and are dangerous or even deadly to other drivers.

He says all trucks travelling north will be required to get weighed. He says the station will allow them to take all overweight trucks off the road, and it may even prevent truckers from overloading their trucks to begin with.

Bobby Coleman's been driving trucks on US-23 for 18 years and believes the scales have advantages and disadvantages..

“Stopping all the time is going to be a little bit of a headache,” Coleman said.

He agrees it will improve safety, and also thinks it will help truck maintenance.

Police believe the new weigh station will potentially prevent truck accidents, or even save a life.

Crews hope to finish construction and open the new weigh station by late summer or early fall.

Drivers should note the highway will be one lane by the construction site the next few months.

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  • by cathy Location: chavies on May 6, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    I Think the DOT are allergic to the Chavies area or something because it is laced with extremely overweight trucks and no sign of the DOT EVER.
  • by Dave Location: Cooper on May 6, 2008 at 09:08 AM
    I think this will help save taxpayers money and improve the road conditions. A study showed that US 23 had a $25 million excess maintenance costs over other KY roads due to heavy coal trucks. I encourage all coal truck drivers to obey both the speed and weight limits, there have been too many tragic deaths already. The dump truck driver who hit the school bus in Falmouth this week - his life is ruined, we dont need any more tragedies.
  • by MJ on May 6, 2008 at 08:06 AM
    My mom was killed on 80,in an accident with a truck, not far from there. I think 80 would be a better choice for the stop. The trucks fly down the hills, it would be a opportunity to slow them down.
  • by Coal Location: Miner on May 6, 2008 at 07:44 AM
    Location Location Location. 99% of the trucks running this part of US23 are heading to the river in Ashland. These drivers make 1 maybe 2 loads a day. If your mined coal isnt under contract you can haul it to the river in Ashland and get twice the price per ton selling it on the spot market where it gets put on a barge. Im sure since it is such a distance to haul and takes a long time traveling these are the trucks that have the most chance of being overweight. As for the speeding I just dont know...if anyone travels any part of US23 they know that 70 MPH is what these trucks already run.
  • by jeff Location: buckhorn on May 6, 2008 at 06:44 AM
    Hey, can we please have one of these on hwy 15 north of Hazard? Every truck on that road is illegal as far as I can tell, coal falling off and hwy crushed.Why don't the DOT monitor this road?
  • by what a Location: JOKE! on May 6, 2008 at 06:06 AM
    97% of the trucks that run that portion of us 23 are legal. The other 3% will just drive around. Instead of wasting time there they need to focus more in places like Phelps, Inez, and rural areas of counties that do not get any attention. This is just another political ploy to blow smoke in people's eyes to say look what I did for EKY, when in reality it is already done. They don't have money for other things , but they sure have money to waste on this scale house. I am willing to wager that they don't report their monthly overweight citations to the media that come solely from this scale house. Don't get me wrong it is not the officer's fault this has to do with command staff of KVE and political figures. I support the officer's and their effort for what they are allowed to do. Wake up America this is going to cause trucks to speed even more to make up for the lost time spent at the scalehouse, dangerous situation sounds like to me.
  • by Ken Location: Pikeville on May 5, 2008 at 09:21 PM
    When will they ever cut back to the Federal limit of 80,000 pounds?


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