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Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry will reopen after being closed for over two weeks

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If you’re traveling from Boise to McCall this weekend, or vice versa, you no longer have to worry about Idaho Highway 55 closing at 3 p.m.

Starting this Friday, the stretch of highway near Smiths Ferry will reopen at 8 a.m. to one-way alternating traffic after being closed since March 15 because of a rockslide. 

“We know how important it is to have the highway open for this weekend’s traffic,” ITD District 3 Engineer, Caleb Lakey said. “The response to the March 15 rock slide has been excellent, with many experts converging to address the problem quickly. I appreciate the public’s patience during this reduction in highway service.”

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Workers were able to remove the rock on Sunday through a blast planned by geotechnical engineers. Crews are still working on cleaning up the area. 

The Idaho Transportation Department has not sent out an update on what may have caused the slide. An earlier post from ITD said the area is “historically unstable.” 

Spring construction will resume on April 2 near Smiths Ferry. Roads remain closed Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with alternating one-lane traffic. More information is available on the ITD website.

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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