New point of entry scales installed

The right lane of eastbound Interstate 70 near Loma is closed while new scales are being installed for the point of entry. Truckers participating in an automatic vehicle identification system are able to have their vehicles weighed without stopping.

The right lane of eastbound Interstate 70 at the Loma point of entry may open as early as Wednesday, weather permitting, after a Colorado Department of Transportation scale upgrade project at the site.

New scales installed under the interstate are less heavy and hardier than the older models being replaced, according to CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks.

“It was time to replace them, just like we might repair an old highway,” she said. “They’re much lighter and much, much easier to maintain.”

As with the old scales, the new ones will allow truckers participating in an automatic vehicle identification system called PrePass to have their vehicle weighed without stopping at the point of entry. Colorado is one of 29 states that have PrePass, which uses a boom over the road to scan a special transponder on participating trucks to gain information about the truck and weigh it as it drives by.

Loma is the last of four Colorado points of entry to receive a recent scale upgrade. It took $800,000 to upgrade the stations, which are in Loma, Fort Morgan, Lamar and Monument.

Colorado has five other points of entry, and seven have scales equipped for the PrePass system.

The remaining two, in Cortez and Platteville, will be upgraded as soon as funding is available, Shanks said.


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