California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: September 12, 2014
District: 4 - Oakland
Contact: Bob Haus
Phone:(510) 286-5576



SACRAMENTO –The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) has presented its award for Best New Innovation, Product, Service, or Application to the Cordelia Truck Scales Project on Interstate 80 near Fairfield in Solano County.

"We are pleased to have made a contribution to innovative practices in transportation and to be recognized for advancing safer, more efficient transport of goods in California," said Director Malcolm Dougherty.

The nearly $100 million Cordelia complex, which opened in 2013, is one of the largest truck inspection facilities in the state. It has greater capacity and improved technology to handle more than two million trucks annually that travel from the Port of Oakland on I-80 through Northern California and on to the rest of the nation.

"The California Department of Transportation has implemented multiple reforms to improve its operation and more effectively deliver a safe, sustainable, integrated, and efficient transportation system for all Californians," said California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly. "This award honors the California Department of Transportation for taking an innovative approach to strengthening California's existing transportation system and improving trade and goods movement along key freight corridors." 

The new facility features multiple inspection bays and weigh-in-motion scales, which do not require trucks to come to a full stop to be weighed, making inspections more efficient. In 2012, more than 40,000 inspections were performed at Cordelia.

"The new technology and service bays help us enforce requirements for truck operators to keep highways safe and accessible," said CHP Commander Mike Ferrell.

As part of the safety improvements, trucks now have longer exits and entrances onto
I-80 and State Route 12 and new ramps that make it safer for trucks entering and exiting the facility.

Caltrans, the CHP, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Solano Transportation Authority were partners in the nearly $100 million project, which received half of its funding Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. To date, more than $17 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes.

The remaining funding came from Bay Area Toll Authority bridge tolls.

The facility was also designed to meet the Silver Certification level for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design requirements for green building design, construction, operations and maintenance.

The Cordelia project has also been also been honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers' San Francisco Section for Roadway/Highway Project of the Year; the California Transportation Foundation for Safety Project of the Year; and it has received the Solano Transportation Authority's Special Award.

Presented by ITS America, the Best of ITS Awards honors the most innovative, effective, and influential achievements in the Intelligent Transportation Systems industry.