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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