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New bells and whistles are part of new I-90 Idaho port of entry

The Washington Department of Transportation's new  port of entry on Interstate 90 near the Idaho border is open for business.

WashDOT describes the $14 million facility as equipped with state-of-the-art technology to enhance the efficiency, safety and security of truck freight movement at that location.

It was also designed in cooperation with the Washington State Patrol and a company, International Road Dynamics, to create a more efficient system of access.

Those new tech systems include a “Commercial Vehicle Information System Network” (CVISN) and a Weigh-in-Motion (WIN) system. Those tools provide for automated vehicle identification and rapid license plate recognition, to help focus on trucks and carriers known to be high-risk, according to a press release.

Photo: from Washington State Patrol

Ferry County trail gets $100,000 grant

TRAILS — A $100,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation will help put railings and other safety features on a 770-foot trestle — one of the jewels in the rough of the rail trail that runs 33 miles from Republic to the Canada border.

The Ferry County Rail Tail Partners group, which received the information this week, is planning a small celebration to be held in conjunction with Rail Tail Ski Day, set for Jan. 15 in Curlew.  Activities includ free ski clinics and gear us, along with snowshoeing.

These types of state transportation enhancement funds will be vital for developing the trail into a facility the communities can enjoy and will also draw much needed recreational tourism dollars to the area, said Bob Whittaker, FCRTP president.

The trail runs along a scenic route past Curlew Lake State Park as well as along the Kettle River.