QUINCY, Wash., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Federal Highway Administration have recently designated Washington State Route (SR) 281 as a "Critical Rural Freight Corridor." SR 281 is located within the boundaries of the Port of Quincy, and runs for approximately 10 miles between Interstate 90 (I-90) at George, Washington and State Route 28 at Quincy, Washington. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161107/436643 Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161107/436644 This important designation of SR 281 as a Critical Rural Freight Corridor puts SR 281 in strong consideration or on a higher priority to be widened to four lanes (from George to Quincy). There are several reasons for the designation of SR 281 as a Critical Rural Freight Corridor. SR 281 is a high volume "T-2" truck corridor, and in 2015, nearly 8 million tons of cargo traveled on it. In particular, a large volume of truck traffic on SR 281 comes from the Wenatchee and Chelan areas on SR 28 via SR 281 to I-90. The Wenatchee and Chelan areas are among the largest fruit packing areas in the world. Additionally, a great deal of truck traffic comes directly from Quincy, as there are several food processors (frozen French fries, frozen vegetables, etc.), fresh produce packers (apples, potatoes, onions, etc.), and nearly 1 million square feet of cold storage warehousing in Quincy, which stores many of the above mentioned products that are mostly transported from Quincy on SR 281 to I-90, destined for export from the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, or for Midwest or East Coast domestic markets.