Loudoun's Board of Supervisors has advanced the process to expand the mobile weight station on Route 15 in Lucketts.
The station is currently smaller than “model size,” allowing for just one tractor-trailer to be pulled over and inspected, according to a Loudoun County report. An expanded pull-off area will allow law enforcement to screen and weigh more trucks enabling them to ticket more tractor trailers carrying loads greater than the federal limits, according to the county.
On July 3, the board approved a resolution requesting Del. Joe May (R-33rd) to direct the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to conduct a feasibility study for lengthening and widening the Route 15 station.
In September a Department of Motor Vehicles official presented supervisors with two options. The board supported the enhancement option carrying an estimated $840,000 price tag that would install underground weigh scales.
The board reaffirmed that position during its Oct. 4 meeting.
But a couple members of the public addressed the board this month to express concern about potentially negative environmental impacts.
“Diesel fuel is a toxic carcinogen,” said Rick Brossman, owner of Brossman's Farm Stand. “ … the people most affected by it are young children.”
Brossman said the weight station will cause more trucks to travel through and idle along Route 15.
Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin), who represents Lucketts, clarified there is no funding allocated yet for the project. Higgins responded Oct. 4 to what he called misinformation and questions surrounding the project.
“There is no proposal to build a new facility. This is an existing facility that will be expanded,” Higgins said, adding his view that the expansion will make it more safe for law enforcement officials.
“The expansion of this current facility will in fact take trucks off Route 15. And, especially, it will take off overweight and unsafe trucks that destroy the road,” Higgins said.
There will be a community meeting on the project at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Lucketts Community Center.