Thursday, June 26, 2008

Opening Artist point...

Remember when the Tacoma Narrows bridge expansion joint traveled across the state and you were able to follow its progress. The reason you could do that was a clever little gps device that we attached to the truck.

We thought it would be really cool to put that same unit on a snowblower working at opening Artist point. (If you didn't know where that is, Artist point is in Whatcom county, near Mt Baker, see map on right.) I haven't been up there myself but I hear the view is fantastic.

We are planning to use a combination of photos, video and this mapping tool to show you the progress. Keep checking back in with the Artist Point opening site to get the latest update.

Heads up, the unit is dependent on cell phone signals. Those can get spotty up near Mt. Baker, but we are hoping not to lose the signal. Snowblowers don't move very quickly either, so don't be surprised if the vehicle doesn't fly across the map.

Once you've seen it, let us know what you think of this test run. Would you like us to do the same thing for North Cascades pass next year?


Anonymous said...

This is really, really cool. I love this kind of information wherever I can get it.

My question is this, does this mean we can drive up to artist point? Where is the road closed at?

Bronlea said...

The road to Artist Point is still closed at the lower gate. Some folks have walked up the roadway where our plow crews have cleared it, though. We're hoping to have the road open by the end of the month.

The Geezer said...

Yeah, ANON is right. The more of this you can and will do, the more the sheeples will love ya.

The Geez

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