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INDOT pilot program tracks overweight trucks

Posted at 10:04 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 22:04:51-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- The State of Indiana is looking into a high-tech way to help protect crumbling roads and bridges. 

A new pilot program could force the owners of overweight trucks to help cover the cost of any damage they do to the state's infrastructure. 

"The challenge with overweight vehicles is two-fold, they can cause very specific damage to a structure, but they can also accelerate degradation," Scott Manning with INDOT said. 

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New weight sensors will trigger cameras along I-94 in LaPorte County. The owners will first get a warning, and possibly a fine down the road if lawmakers sign off on it. 

"The pilot program during 2016 will allow us to gather some data to see how this works in a real-time deployed environment, but ultimately, we'd like to take what INDOT learns in the next few months and give that data to the state legislature to make an informed decision about how we can modernize our enforcement technique," Manning said. 

If the pilot program is successful in northern Indiana, there's no goal or timetable yet for when it could be rolled out statewide. 


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