Construction begins on Floyd County weigh station
The weigh station near the Floyd and Johnson County line is getting a makeover.
"The whole front of it will be glass so we can see the trucks enter the facility and exit, as opposed to what we have right now. Once we are inside, we can't technically even see them," explained Jamie Collins.
Collins is a captain with Commerical Vehicle Enforcement in more ways than one.
"We'll be able to "man" it a lot more. It'll actually be more efficient in observing for violations," said Collins.
Plus, officials will be able to better monitor the weight of each truck and hold businesses accountable.
"Actually, we'll also be looking for tax violations for companies that are not paying their taxes," Collins pointed out.
What does that mean for the average driver? It is simple - safety.
"It all goes back to highway safety," said Collins.
So far in 2019, 724 fatal crashes have happened on Kentucky highways. That number has increased from 658 crashes in 2018.
"The heavier the truck is, the longer it takes for the truck to stop," Collins pointed out.
Collins said this weigh station plays a big role in highway safety.
"This is the only one on U.S. 23 in Kentucky," said Collins.
The new weighing facility is expected to be finished in May 2020.