Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

January 13, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Worthington weigh station opens


Station to close one more time for new scale

MANKATO, Minn. - Truckers traveling Interstate 90 east of Worthington may notice the Minnesota Department of Transportation-owned Weigh Station is now open.  It has been in limited use since summer 2013.

Improvements to date include new ramps, parking lot, site lighting, new garage, building addition and renovation.  This coming construction season the weigh station will close again to renovate the scale and scale pit.

The project is part of MnDOT’s statewide effort to improve all six of its fixed weigh stations. Mobile weigh-in-motion scales and portable mat scales are used along other roadways throughout the state.
The weigh stations, under the jurisdiction of the Minnesota State Patrol, keep illegally overweight trucks off roads and bridges.

“Effective enforcement of the commercial vehicle size and weight laws preserves our infrastructure, resulting in less road and bridge repair,” said Ted Coulianos, Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicles. “Good roads help get vehicles efficiently to their destinations to deliver goods and services for the state and country.”

Staff at the weigh stations performs safety inspections, driver qualification checks, load securement checks, proper and valid vehicle registration checks and contraband checks.

The State Patrol will do similar enforcement with mobile weigh scales during the closure of the Worthington station this summer. 

Other MnDOT weigh stations are located at Saginaw, Dayton Port, Erskine, St. Croix and Red River. Three are located along interstates and three along state highways.


 

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