New com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle sta­tion

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BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff The Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion is look­ing to build a new Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle In­spec­tion Fa­cil­ity (CVIF) along High­way 401, west of Lan­caster, to re­place the sta­tion east of the vil­lage.

A pre­vi­ous site for the new fa­cil­ity – be­tween Gravel/Ea­mon Road and County Road 12 in South Stor­mont – was iden­ti­fied in April, 2013, when the Pre­lim­i­nary De­sign and Class En­vi­ron­men­tal As­sess­ment (EA) study for the site was put on hold.

How­ever, upon re­sump­tion of the study and the re­sults of a re­vised site screen­ing re­port com­pleted last year, the MTO de­cided to pur­sue the new rec­om­mended lo­ca­tion on the west­bound 401, east of Fraser Road, and west of the County Road 34 and Lan­caster in­ter­change.

An MTO re­lease is­sued prior to a Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre in Wil­liamstown Novem­ber 2 states that a search area for the lo- cation ex­tended along the west­bound 401 cor­ri­dor, “from County Road 14 in South Stor­mont, east­erly to the On­tario/Que­bec bor­der.”

The cur­rent sta­tion was built in 1991 and ren­o­vated in 2005.

Ren­o­va­tions at that time, es­ti­mated at $550,000 by con­sult­ing firm IBI Group, fea­tured a 5,000 square-foot ad­di­tion, in­clud­ing added of­fice space, in­spec­tor’s of­fices, shower fa­cil­i­ties and change rooms, as well as other elec­tri­cal, me­chan­i­cal and site work and in­stal­la­tion of a new sep­tic field.

Brandy Duhaime, Re­gional Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Co­or­di­na­tor for the MTO East­ern Re­gion of­fice in Kingston told that “tim­ing of con­struc­tion is de­pen­dent on ap­provals and fund­ing.”

Ms. Duhaime ex­plained that the MTO has not re­leased a cost es­ti­mate for the build­ing yet be­cause do­ing so “...prior to the con­tract award would im­pede a fair and open pro­cure­ment process.”

She added that the Min­istry has not de­ter­mined “the ex­act size of the build­ing within the (new) fa­cil­ity” at this time ei­ther.

Dil­lon Con­struc­tion Ltd., re­tained by the MTO in 2012 to com­plete the Pre­lim­i­nary De­sign and Class EA for the new CVIF, states on its web­site that the new sta­tion “is part of a prov­ince-wide ini­tia­tive to in­crease com­mer­cial driver and ve­hi­cle safety” through the con­struc­tion of a num­ber of new CVIFs along the 401 cor­ri­dor.

It also ex­plains that new CVIF de­signs will help in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­place “the pre­vi­ous in­spec­tion sta­tion stan­dards, which are fo­cused only on weight and di­men­sion, and eco­nomic or reg­u­la­tory vi­o­la­tions.”

Min­istry en­force­ment staff at the new CVIFs will now as­sess com­pli­ance with the fol­low­ing as well: driver qual­i­fi­ca­tion, be­hav­iour, and hours of ser­vice; ve­hi­cle me­chan­i­cal fit­ness, load se­cu­rity, per­mit­ting, and doc­u­men­ta­tion; and trans­porta­tion of dan­ger­ous goods guide­lines.

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