Weigh station electronic screening systems can be deployed with basic ($150,000) or advanced functions ($780,000).
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Electronic screening systems using automated vehicle identification (AVI) devices and weigh-in-motion (WIM) scales installed upstream from a fixed-site weigh station enable enforcement personnel to identify high risk carriers, and allow certain approved vehicles to avoid stopping at weigh stations.

Electronic screening equipment deployed at the roadside typically consists of automatic vehicle identification (AVI), weigh-in-motion (WIM) scales, signage, workstations, roadside telecommunications. The majority of the cost for electronic screening is borne by state agencies, and costs can range broadly depending on the level of infrastructure.

A study conducted in the mid-continent transportation corridor of the United States indicated the cost to deploy roadside electronic screening equipment is about $150,000 for minimal infrastructure to $780,000 for high-end deployments per station (1997). This includes automatic vehicle identification (AVI) readers, weigh-in-motion (WIM) scales and equipment, computer workstations, communication costs, and annual operation and maintenance cost. It is believed that the high-end scenarios are more likely to be deployed.

The cost to motor carriers would be much less, requiring purchase of electronic transponders at a price of about $50 per vehicle.

See Also:

Orban, et al. Evaluation of the Commercial Vehicle Information Systems Networks (CVISN) Model Deployment Initiative (Final Report), Chapter 6, Federal Highway Administration. March 2002.

Trischuk, et al. "Evaluation of Weigh-in-Motion for ITS CVO Applications Using Westa." Paper presented at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. Washington, DC. January 2002.

System Cost

Roadside equipment cost range: $150,000-$780,000 (1997). In-vehicle transponder cost: $50.