At its Tuesday, June 4th City Council meeting, North Bend city officials and leaders are soliciting public input on the state’s [preferred] plan to locate a new truck weigh and inspection station on eastbound I-90 near exit 34.
The Public Hearing begins at 7PM at the Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. Comments can also be submitted in writing to City Clerk Susie Oppedal at P.O. Box 896, North Bend, WA, 98045, or by e-mail to:
email@example.com prior to 5PM, Monday, June 3rd.
On May 23rd, WSDOT announced the site near truck town was its preferred location after a yearlong process that examined multiple sites from Snoqualmie to Cle Elum for the new weigh station.
The City of North Bend is opposed to the location. After the May 23rd meeting, Interim City Administrator Mark Rigos issued the following statement:
“The City of North Bend attended the 4th meeting of the WSDOT Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) regarding a potential eastbound weigh station on the I-90 corridor. At this meeting, WSDOT provided new information regarding Washington State Patrol’s desire for a new weigh station. Based on these newly provided criteria and updated cost estimates, which are still very conceptual, WSDOT formally announced their preferred weigh station location is Milepost 33.5 in North Bend. The City is concerned there are flaws in their cost estimates and that important criteria such as mitigation costs have not been factored in to minimize adverse impacts to life safety, public health and the environment.
North Bend City Council fully supports the I-90/SR 18 Interchange Project and wishes to expedite improvements. However, the City maintains that WSDOT should extricate the new weigh station from the $150 million overall project.
We believe today’s decision is premature and oppose a weigh station in this location. We will continue to advocate that WSDOT more closely examine other weigh station locations using a wider breadth of criteria.”
At the June 4th meeting the city council will consider a formal resolution opposing the milepost 34 weigh station location, but prior to that the city wants to hear from citizens regarding the proposed location and:
- Whether or not there is a need for a weigh station, when other weigh stations are often closed
- Whether or not the State should de-couple the weigh station from the I-90 / SR 18 interchange improvements
- Whether or not the weigh station and truck parking lot should be constructed at Exit 34 or if further vetting needs to occur.
When asked if the city would use legal means to challenge the location, North Bend Communication Manager Jill Green said that has not been decided yet – saying the city “may or may not appeal the decision.”