$100M weigh-station project underway in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is moving forward with a nearly $100 million project to build state-of-the-art weigh stations to track incoming truck traffic at key points of entry in the state.

ODOT Director Gary Ridley said Monday the first station along Interstate 35 near the Kansas border opened on April 27, and a second station along Interstate 40 in far western Oklahoma is set to open in a few months.

Seven more stations along key interstates and highways are scheduled to be built along the state border in coming years. Ridley says Oklahoma's current stations are some of the most outdated in the country.

Most of the money for the project comes from a 1-cent assessment on the wholesale purchase of gasoline and diesel fuel.

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