New commercial vehicle station
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.