Dakota has installed its new Weigh-in-Motion system at four locations
along its highways, the state’s Department of Transportation announced
which is intended to eventually replace traditional weigh stations in
North Dakota, uses sensors built into the roadway to determine the weight,
number of axles and type of vehicle passing over it.
to NDDOT, the information from the sensor is transmitted to a computer
in a Highway Patrol vehicle. If the sensor says the vehicle is overweight,
the trooper can stop the vehicle and weigh it again using portable scales
or a fixed-scale location. According to The Bismarck Tribune,
18 Highway Patrol vehicles are now set up to receive the information.
the information is transmitted to NDDOT to help determine how to build
and maintain state roadways better.
traffic information such as traffic volume, vehicle type, the number
of axles, and weight of a vehicle will provide the NDDOT with a road
map of the traffic stream,” NDDOT Director Dave Sprynczynatyk said in
a statement. “This allows the NDDOT to better design highway infrastructure
to meet the traffic demands.”
sites in place are on Interstate 94 near Belfield, Interstate 29 near
Wahpeton, Highway 85 near Bowman and Highway 281 near Ellendale, according
to The Tribune. The state DOT said eight more locations would
be outfitted with Weigh-In-Motion devices later this year.