Artist’s illustration of planned new vehicle inspection station in Thornhill. (Province of B.C. illustration)

Artist’s illustration of planned new vehicle inspection station in Thornhill. (Province of B.C. illustration)

Site cleared for Thornhill vehicle inspection location

Construction contract to be put out to tender

Site clearing is winding up on the location adjacent to Hwy 16 in Thornhill for a multi-million commercial vehicle inspection station.

The work in the area of Novotny St. and Kirkaldy St., offline from the Thornhill Frontage Road, is being done by Kitselas Forestry LP, an entity owned by the Kitselas First Nation.

The contract for construction has yet to be put out to tender but that’s expected soon in anticipation of a spring start, said the provincial transportation ministry in a provided statement.

It is being financed with $15 million from the federal government and $19.2 million from the provincial government for a combined $34.2 million.

Late last year, work wound up on a nearby section of Hwy 16 where an embedded sensor pad on the eastbound lane will electronically collect and transmit information as larger commercial vehicles drive over it.

Called Weigh-In-Motion, the idea is to keep commercial traffic moving by electronically collecting height, weight and safety credentials when a vehicle passes over the sensor pad at highway speeds.

The inspection station will have a footprint of approximately 45,000 square metres or 484,376 square feet with an inspection building of almost 400 square metres or 4,300 square feet.

The facility and embedded sensor replace a weigh station that had to be moved when the province replaced the Hwy16/Hwy37 four-way stop with a roundabout.

There’ll be room for five short term truck stalls and 10 overnight stalls with services such as refrigeration unit plug-ins, Wi-Fi and CCTV.