More than a week after a rockslide forced Idaho Highway 55 to close, the key route will partially reopen.
Starting Wednesday, there will be one lane of alternating traffic open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Idaho Transportation Department says drivers can expect at least 15-minute delays while traveling during these hours. Outside of that time frame, the highway will remain closed.
ITD recommends large vehicles, RVs, and trucks pulling trailers still use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
“We want to thank the public for their patience as we respond to this rock slide,” said Caleb Lakey, ITD District Engineer. “Our ITD personnel and contractor crews have worked nights and weekends to open the road and protect the public. While this is a major milestone, we recognize that there is still significant effort required to resolve this issue.”
ITD and national rockslide experts continue to remove remaining rocks in the area, which will require additional full road closures. These closures will likely begin in the next seven days.
The department says it will provide more updates as soon as they become available.