IRD awarded new weigh station maintenance contract in Illinois

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The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has extended its relationship with the Canadian company that has deployed and maintains the state’s Commercial Vehicle Operations (CVO) system.

International Road Dynamics (IRD) has been awarded a US$3.37m contract (including any renewal options) from the IDOT, with the initial term of the agreement being four years, with an option to renew for one additional year. The purpose of the contract is to maintain and maximize performance of the statewide weigh-in-motion (WIM) network that is used to protect the state’s highway infrastructure from damage caused by overweight trucks, to enforce size and weight laws, and to meet federal goals and requirements.

IDOT currently has 34 active IRD-supplied WIM systems that will be covered under this new agreement. The company will be responsible for the repair, maintenance and service activities of the in-road scales and sensors, roadside electronics, queue detection and camera surveillance systems, as well as PrePass preclearance weighing systems. The technology allows IDOT and the Illinois State Police to process large volumes of commercial vehicles by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their weigh station facilities. The trucking industry also realizes considerable benefits through the reduction of wait times, fuel costs, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

IRD has worked with IDOT for many years, and was recently selected to maintain IDOT’s CVO systems. IDOT and the Illinois State Police use these systems to weigh large volumes of commercial vehicles, and reply on them every day to screen truck traffic for potential violators. The systems have helped to protect the department’s infrastructure from damage caused by overweight trucks, while also allowing it to enforce the state’s size and weight laws and meet federal size and weight goals.

“The Illinois Department of Transportation has been an IRD customer for many years,” noted Terry Bergan, IRD’s president and CEO. “We are pleased to have been selected as their long-term WIM service provider. Our weigh-in-motion technology and maintenance services are recognized as the best in our industry, and are key components for a successful statewide traffic data collection and enforcement program.”

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