Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Washington State Route 278

On Sunday, October 13, 2013, we drove up the Rock Creek valley for the short length of Washington State Route 278.

RCW 47.17.503
State route No. 278

A state highway to be known as state route number 278 is established as follows:

Beginning at a junction with state route number 27 in Rockford, thence easterly and southerly to the Washington-Idaho boundary.

SR 278 @ SR 27
Just about underneath a railroad bridge, we began SR 278 at this junction with SR 27.

SR 278 east of Rockford
Shortly after beginning Highway 278, we stopped at Rockford’s park and ate lunch under the green willows and orange maples. Out of town, we’re in forest -- this is Spokane County, after all. Actually, the forest is only along Rock Creek, but that’s where the road is, too. And here's a photo in the forest halfway along the route. No more junctions to be seen.

SR 278 @ Idaho
As we begin breaking out into the open farmland, we arrive at Idaho’s state line.

A busy little road, this is, for it's the shortest route from Spokane to cities in Idaho such as Plummer and St. Maries, and almost as quick as US 195 from Spokane to Moscow. Interesting that it only became a state highway in 1992.

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