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County to place weather station on Euclid Road

GRANDVIEW - By the first of next year Euclid Road, about three miles south of Grandview, will have its own eye in the sky.

That's because Yakima County commissioners yesterday (Tuesday) approved a weather monitoring station for the Lower Valley location.

County Road Engineer Gary Ekstedt said the monitor, which provides real time video information of weather and road conditions, was located in the Naches-Tieton area.

When Naches-Tieton received a new camera, county staff decided to place the former station on Euclid Road.

Ekstedt said the monitor should be in place on Euclid by January 2007 and the information it provides will be fed directly to the county courthouse.

As a result, Ekstedt said, county road crews will be able to view weather, temperatures and precipitation at the Euclid Road site. In addition, the monitor will check the temperature of the road surface to alert road crews for possible snow or ice removal.

The county will pay Knobel's Electric approximately $20,000 to install the weather monitoring system on Euclid Road, and Ekstedt said the system should be up and running by the new year.

Once the monitor is set up, weather and road conditions on Euclid Road can be checked by visiting the county's website at

http://www.co.yakima.wa.us/ and clicking on local cameras.

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