Road Reports Aug 30, 2020

Note: Tuesday (Aug 25) Yellow Pine received nearly 1/2″ of rain in 20 minutes, causing temporary “flash” flooding on roads and ponding in yards. No reports of roads washing out. Please share road reports. Conditions can change quickly any time of year. Be prepared for rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: Local streets are beat up, dry and dusty. The dust abatement on main street is wearing thin. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN. Report that a dog was hit injured on Main street in June.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Highway 95: Detour around slide on Old Pollock Road
Update Aug 28:
Blasting unstable material from the US-95 slide south of Riggins

8/28 ITD Press release:
ITD (link)
French Creek Road is not an official, nor a recommended detour for Highway 95.

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
Link: Bridge construction at Horseshoe Bend.
Link: Fall 2020 ID-55, Smiths Ferry Improvements
State Highway 55 Construction Work Scheduled starts September 8th, 2020
Fall (September through November) and Spring (March through May)
– Daytime and nighttime work seven days a week
– Full road closures Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm
– One-way alternating traffic during all other time frames
link: more info
Note: Due to the Hwy 55 construction from Smith’s Ferry to Rainbow Bridge that starts in September (after Labor Day), the County Commissioners have ordered the closure of Smith’s Ferry Dr. at Packer John Rd. and Round Valley Rd. This closure is in effect along with the expected construction work schedules posted by ITD.
This closure does not apply to the property owners who live beyond the intersection of Packer John Rd. and Smith’s Ferry Dr. as they will continue to be able to access their properties.

Warm Lake Highway: No problems reported.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Closed 7am to 4pm daily with no closures on weekends.
Saturday (Aug 22) report from mail truck driver (Taylor) they have paved some of the patches previously worked on. Currently digging up that bad spot where the springs caused the ice flow last winter (where people slid off the road.)
The closure sites will change on a weekly basis, and will not always be adjacent to the last closure site. Refer to the current weekly newsletter or the project website to determine the closure point and access for each week. South Fork Road Project page (link)
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Saturday (Aug 22) mail truck driver (Taylor) reports the road is holding up well but starting to get a little washboardy in a few spots.

Johnson Creek Road: Open.
Saturday morning (Aug 29) a report of ‘massive fire traffic’ on upper Johnson creek road. Crews are working along the road. The Buck fire camp is at Landmark. Also it is getting “very washboardy in the canyons.” – AP (Saturday evening 6pm report of no traffic – DB)
Tuesday (Aug 25) a report that the section of the road Idaho Power worked on is in great shape, graded and compacted. A bit washboardy beyond Wapiti Medow Ranch and on the hills.
Wednesday (Aug 26) mail truck driver (Taylor) reports the road is pretty good. On the way out after Tuesday’s storm he encountered 2 trees down, cut one out and was able to get around the other.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Opened by the county June 24th.
Old report Aug 2: “Lick Creek was very bad and did a number on [some] rigs so caution.” – AP
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Open and rough.
Summit was reported snow free on Sunday June 28.
Old report Aug 9: The road is getting really rough – lots of OHV traffic.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Travel at your own risk.
Old report Aug 13: The road is clear going to Thunder Mountain, Dewey Mine and Lightning Peak. – RE
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Cinnabar: Open, no snow and trees cut out, travel at your own risk.
Report received Aug 13: “We made a UTV ride into the Cinnabar mine in early August and as always it was a great trip.” – RE
Also reports of off road travel cutting through the switchbacks and tearing up the hillside.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Travel at your own risk.
Old report Aug 2: “Motorcycles and side by sides going over Elk Summit not sure about cars.” – LM
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Warrens Wagon Road: Construction update: The road is CLOSED from 8am-Noon and 1pm-5pm Monday-Friday. The road is OPEN with a PILOT CAR from Noon-1pm and after 5pm Monday-Friday. The road is OPEN without a pilot car on Saturday and Sunday.
Update July 30: (link)
Warren Wagon Road will be open for the remainder of the project with 30 minute traffic delays, without the four hour morning and afternoon closures. No further weekend delays are planned. Road work completion is scheduled for August 27th, 2020. Asphalt paving is in process and will be completed this week. Guardrail system installation is planned for this week. Pavement markings, signage, and turf establishment will occur in August.

Deadwood Summit: Open, travel with caution.
Scott Mountain is also open.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′