The Idaho Transportation Department plans to temporarily close a section of U.S. Highway 95 south of Riggins Friday for blasting operations aimed at stabilizing a major slide area.
Officials are planning to close the road near milepost 188 from 4 to 5pm Pacific Time to blast and remove rock and debris from the area where an initial rockslide closed the roadway on July 3rd.
Traffic will be shifted onto Old Pollock Road Thursday night prior to Friday’s blasting. The complete closure Friday is expected to last just one hour, and traffic will be allowed to travel through the area on Old Pollock Road after the demolition.
The blasting operation is the first of two planned to remove material from the slope. The second blast has not yet been scheduled.
Long-term repairs also include reinforcing the remaining slope with bolts and wire fencing, which aren’t expected to be complete until late October. (Idaho Transportation Department)