The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration has completed $5.8 million in renovations to the US 1 (Conowingo Road) Truck Weigh and Inspection Station in Darlington.
The original Conowingo Truck Weigh and Inspection Station, which consisted of an office trailer, was built in 1996. Site improvements were made in the early 2000s. The facility closed in December 2020 to allow for geometric and technology improvement to begin. The new weigh station was completed in July and is fully operational as of Wednesdy, Sept. 6.
“The renovations to this critical asset along US 1 will improve overall operational efficiency and accessibility for commercial trucks,” State Highway Administrator William Pines said. “With this new facility, we also will improve safety for motorists who travel the corridor in non-commercial vehicles.”
Improvements to the truck inspection and weigh station include:
- a wider entrance to improve accessibility and traffic flow within the site
- a new static scale with a maximum horizontal clearance of 14 feet to accommodate wide loads
- better alignment for trucks accessing the static scale and inspection pit
- a new inspection pit and work shed with easy truck access
- a new scale house with more space, an industrial-grade roof and high-grade windows
- upgraded and replaced Intelligent Transportation Systems equipment including: two new LED “Open/Closed” signs, variable message sign, four new CCTV cameras and LED overhead lane use signs to direct vehicles to the static scare or bypass lane
- more parking spaces for trucks declared out of service due to safety defects
- additional employee/visitor parking near the scale house
- parking lot security light poles with photocells
- improved site drainage to provide adequate drainage and meet current standards
“Scale houses are more than checkpoints on our highways. They play a vital role in ensuring the efficiency and safety of commercial vehicles,” said Maryland State Police Lt. Col. Dan Picket, Chief of Field Operations Bureau. “Maintaining our weigh and inspection stations protect not only the drivers of trucks and buses, but also all motorists traversing Maryland roadways.”
For more information on Maryland’s Weigh and Inspection Station Program, including a list of all stations in Maryland, visit click here.