Caltrans has announced the completion of the new Roadway Weather information station that was being installed west of South Lake Tahoe, officially marking the completion of a larger project to improve U.S. Highway 50 over the Echo Summit. Deanna Shoopman with Cal-trans says the weather station is state-of-the-art technology.
“The weather data will consist of the wind’s speed, the direction, precipitation, the type and amount, your visibility, humidity, temperature, along with atmospheric data. We’ll also provide pavement temperatures, surface conditions, so if it’s water or if ice is present. It’s state of the art.”
The weather system will be on line for the upcoming winter season. Weather data from this station will assist in dispatching Caltrans resources more effectively while helping Caltrans inform motorists of fast-changing travel conditions. In addition to the weather station, a mile-long section of HWY 50 at Echo Summit was also repaved, drainage pipe was replaced and old rock wall barriers were replaced with concrete barriers that meet current safety standards. The $1.8 million dollar project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.