You can’t drive 55, for now — as Idaho 55 remains closed in both directions, and crews say the area remains dangerous after a rockslide hit the road near Smith’s Ferry Monday night.
The Idaho Transportation Department reported no injuries but said rocks hit an excavator on site. Crews are currently removing debris and working to open one lane of travel but say there is no time estimate when the highway will reopen.
An ITD update said there is no indication that the construction caused the slide. You can follow along for updates on the ITD website.
“The rock and earth in this area is historically unstable,” project manager Alex Deduck said. “We saw a significant slide in 2019 just south of here. Last night’s slide is another example why our project is so important.”
ITD resumed construction on the Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge project on Monday, March 15. After the slide is cleared, the normal road closure schedule will run Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The project will widen narrow roads and add guard rails.