System preclears one millionth truck in February Green Light weigh station modernization complete at 21 sites
The Oregon Green Light Project crossed the finish line in December 2000 when it completed construc- tion at the Cascade Locks Port of Entry on Interstate 84. This was the
February 13 at 4:49 p.m. when a tractor-trailer from Gordon Trucking (Pacific WA) got a green light to keep going southbound past the Ashland weigh station. When asked
Woodburn Port of Entry
Cascade Locks Port of Entry
Portland 17 18
Umatilla Port of Entry
Farewell Bend Port of Entry
Green Light Weigh Station Preclearance
Ashland 5 Port of Entry
15 14 Klamath Falls Port of Entry
last of 21 weigh station sites in Oregon to be modernized with high-speed weigh-in-motion scales and transponder-based vehicle identification systems that screen traffic and allow safe and legal trucks to keep on truckin’ past weigh stations.
Woodburn Port of Entry, Southbound
Woodburn Weigh Station, Northbound
Ashland Port of Entry, Northbound
Ashland Weigh Station, Southbound
Wilbur Weigh Station, Southbound
Booth Ranch Weigh Station, Northbound
Interstate 82 ( 6) Umatilla Port of Entry, Southbound
Farewell Bend Port of Entry, Westbound Olds Ferry Weigh Station, Eastbound La Grande Weigh Station, Eastbound Emigrant Hill Weigh Station, Westbound Cascade Locks Port of Entry, Eastbound ( 2) ( 3) ( 7) ( 8) (17 ) (18) Wyeth Weigh Station, Westbound
about weigh station preclearance, Phil Hinshaw, safety coordinator for Gordon, said, “This is a very good example of how technology can be used to benefit both Oregon and participating trucking companies by saving time and money without sacrificing safety.”
“If bypassing a weigh station at highway speed saves five minutes, one million green lights represents a savings of 83,300 hours of travel time,” noted Green Light Manager Randal Thomas. “This equates to a savings of over $6 million to the industry if you consider that it costs more than $1 per minute to operate a big truck.”
Green Light weigh stations precleared 641,302 trucks in 2000, an increase of 131% over the total for 1999. It’s possible that in 2001 alone as many as one million trucks may be precleared to pass an Oregon weigh station as all 21 sites in the state will be fully opera- tional throughout the year.
Green Light uses the same technology used in systems being established all around the country, including the same kind of tran- sponder. Truckers with a Green Light transponder can use it in any other state by enrolling with the state and agreeing to the terms and conditions of its preclearance system.
Years in the making, the Or- egon Green Light system is now one of the best known Intelligent Transportation System projects in the U.S. It is the winner of a “Best of ITS” for 1999 award presented by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.
Green Light passed a major milestone in February when it precleared its one millionth truck. The milestone was passed on
US Highway 97
Juniper Butte Weigh Station, Northbound
Juniper Butte Weigh Station, Southbound
Klamath Falls Port of Entry, Northbound
Klamath Falls Weigh Station, Southbound
OR Highway 58 (16) Lowell Weigh Station, Westbound
US Highway 26
Brightwood Weigh Station, Westbound
Brightwood Weigh Station, Eastbound
US Highway 30 (21) Rocky Point Weigh Station, Westbound
More than 1,100 trucking com- panies are now participating in Green Light and they have tran- sponders in more than 15,000 of their trucks. Oregon is in the process of distributing another 10,000 transponders at no cost to companies that regularly stop at Green Light weigh stations.
For more information, contact the Motor Carrier Transportation Division at 503-378-6054.
Motor Carrier News • March 2001