CHATEAUGUAY, Que. — A high-tech inspection station that pre-screens trucks before they are required to report for inspection is being installed on Hwy. 15 at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, just north of the U.S. border.
The station (located 2.7 km north of the border) incorporates intelligent transportation systems including a vehicle detection system, an embedded scale and automated identification system involving a transmitter/receiver and cameras. The system will be integrated into the SAAQ computer system allowing highway controllers to screen heavy-duty trucks before pulling them in for inspections.
“The Government of Canada is pleased to see this important project moving forward,” said Federal Transport Minister, Jean-C. Lapierre. “These highway and border infrastructure improvements will result in a more efficient movement of goods and people and will also help strengthen Canada’s economic ties to the United States, which will benefit all Canadians.”
The $21.6 million inspection station is expected to be up and running by fall, 2006 when a six-month testing period will begin. Meanwhile, the government is also building a congestion detection system on Hwy. 15, as well as improved lighting along the corridor.
“The work to improve the quality and reliability of this strategic Quebec trade corridor testifies once again to the importance placed on transportation by our government, which will be allocating nearly $4 billion over the next three years to improve Quebec’s roads,” said Quebec Transport Minister, Michel Despres.
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