Former Missouri weigh stations now truckers’ rest areas

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ODESSA, Mo. — The Missouri Dept. of Transportation (MoDOT) has turned two abandoned weigh stations on Interstate 70 into rest areas for truckers.

The MoDOT worked with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) to convert the facilities, just west of Odessa. The new rest areas – an eastbound one and a westbound one — have spaces for 14 trucks each. They opened just before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.

The MoDOT picked up the US$13,000 cost of repairing and resurfacing the pavement, and striping parking spaces at the former weigh stations. The OOIDA is paying for lighting, is funding garbage pickup, and plans to control litter by adopting the facility through the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program.

New weigh stations were completed last year and the MoDOT was going to tear down the old ones. But after a suggestion from OOIDA staff, the association asked whether the former weigh stations could be turned into rest areas.

Jim Johnston, OOIDA president, says he’s pleased the two groups were able to work together on a project “that will be appreciated by truckers.”

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