Traffic sensor along U.S. 97 to provide more insight for improvements along corridor

Over the last 10 years, the corridor of Highway 97 between Union Gap and Toppenish has seen 350 serious injury crashes and 22 fatal crashes.

That doesn’t even include the number of collisions that haven’t been accounted for.

“The tribe is on a different system than the state and the federal government is, and so we’re trying to merge all that together to get a comprehensive view of what’s going on,” said Hollyanna Littlebull, a Yakima Nation DNR Engineering

That is why the Yakima Nation is installing the first traffic sensor along this corridor that will be able to collect real time data…

Now with the new camera, the Yakima Nation will receive information like average speed and road conditions, to provide info about how dangerous this intersection can be.