WASHTUCNA, Wash. - Weather plays an important role for many Washgington State University students who use State Route 26. Friday, the Washington Department of Transportation announced new cameras will allow drivers to get weather information and a look at highway conditions from two locations along SR 26 in eastern Washington.
One weather and camera station is 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 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 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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