Acting Captain Rob Huss
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*** For Immediate Release***
New Spokane Port of Entry Officially Opens
- The successful completion of the Spokane Port of Entry was a result of the longstanding partnership between the WSP and WSDOT. -
Olympia -- Commercial vehicles entering Washington State on Interstate 90 from Idaho are now welcomed by a new Spokane Port of Entry. This new facility was designed, built and equipped with state-of-the-art technology to enhance the efficiency, safety and security of truck freight movement through Spokane and the rest of Washington State.
The Washington State Patrol worked closely with the Washington State Department of Transportation and International Road Dynamics to design the port of entry for more efficient operations.
Two important components are the Commercial Vehicle Information System Network (CVISN) and the Weigh-in-Motion (WIN) system. These tools provide automated vehicle identification and automated license plate recognition, to help target enforcement on trucks and carriers known to be high-risk.
“This technology gives our Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers the ability to focus on companies who try and dodge the rules and not maintain their trucks,” said Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste. “Companies with solid track records of compliance will be allowed to continue on their way, with very little delay.”The Spokane Port of Entry project was the result of WSP and WSDOT working together to build the $14 million facility. The design, construction, final testing and all phases in between, were a joint effort.
“The Spokane Port of Entry is a prime example of how Washington’s government is using technology to operate freeways smarter and more efficiently,” said Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond. “Together, we’re creating a transportation system for the 21st century.”The technologies used at this facility are currently deployed at 11 other Washington weight stations and it is estimated the trucking industry saved $12.1 million in time and cost savings in 2011.