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New weather stations and traffic cameras coming to SR 26 in eastern Washington

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 15:19

Beth Bousley, communications, 509-324-6015

Travelers will soon be able to get weather information and a look at highway conditions when two new weather stations with traffic cameras are installed along State Route 26 in eastern Washington. Construction begins today, Monday, Oct. 30, and is slated for completion in late November.

One weather and camera station will be located on SR 26 in Washtucna at the SR 261 intersection, near the Washington State Department of Transportation’s maintenance building. The other unit is in the community of Dusty where SR 127 connects with SR 26.

“These new stations will provide information that helps us respond to snow and ice conditions on SR 26 in Adams and Whitman counties,” said Assistant Regional Administrator for Operations, Harold White. “Travelers will also see current road conditions from the weather station camera through the WSDOT Traffic and Camera website and mobile app.”

Funding for the new equipment came from a special appropriation during the 2017 Legislative session.

SR 26 is a rural, two-lane highway with traffic volumes averaging between 1,200 to 2,300 vehicles per day, it can experience heavier than average daily volumes that coincide with Washington State University semester breaks, vacations and special school events such as graduation and home football games. The route also carries trucks with agricultural products and supplies, along with slow-moving farm equipment during certain times of year.

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