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Bug station scheduled for demolition

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunDan Rudolph and Adriaan Gilis of the Department of Food and Agriculture search a Semi carrying alfalfa hay at the Agricultural Checkpoint on Highway 80 in Truckee on Thursday.

The Truckee agricultural inspection station is coming down starting on September 20.

The inspection station will be demolished and the stretch of Interstate 80 where the structure stands will be re-paved in two phases, each phase lasting about a month. Inspections will be moved to the new site near the California Highway Patrol scales beginning between November 20 and December 1.

The total cost for the demolition of the old station and the construction of the new one is $19.6 million.

“We will be moving into a temporary facility adjacent to the station being demolished so we can continue the inspection of commercial trucks,” said Bob Wynn, statewide coordinator for the Department of Food and Agriculture.

Demolition will begin with a month-long deconstruction of the left two lanes and office, keeping the right two lanes open for traffic, Wynn said.

The second phase will open traffic to the left two lanes while demolition and re-paving occurs on the right lanes and structure, he said.

“The sooner we move up the new location the better,” Wynn said, “We want to get out of town before snow starts falling.”

When inspection begins at the new station, the freeway will be rerouted through the new station, which will include seven private vehicle lanes, Wynn said, but initially there will only be commercial vehicle inspection.

While no private vehicle inspection is planned, a pilot project to test whether or not private vehicle inspection is necessary is underway.

“The pilot project will determine the budget for private vehicle inspection, we will decide if it’s high enough of a risk with private vehicles bringing pests into the state,” Wynn said.

The project is scheduled for two years, ending on June 30 of 2008, but a conclusion may be reached before then, said Jay Van Rein, an information officer with the Department of Food and Agriculture.

“There is no hard data at this point, but there have definitely been some interceptions,” Van Rein said.

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