Johnson Creek road is open, watch for fire traffic on the upper end and crews working alongside the road. 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 really beat up now, dry and dusty. The dust abatement on main street is pretty much gone. 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)
Update Sept 10:
A small blast is planned for 15 minutes between 3 – 4 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. MT to remove additional leftover rock from the first blast. Both Old Pollock Road and the detour around the base of the slide will be closed.
Drivers should expect continued follow-up blasts as geotechnical experts scale and reassess the slope.
continued at 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 Tuesday, 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 (Sept 5) report from mail truck driver (Taylor) Rough road in the construction areas. They have filled in the deep hole dug the previous week where the springs cause ice flows in winter. They have patched the pavement in previous work areas.
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 (Sept 5) mail truck driver (Taylor) reports the road is getting a little more washboardy.
Johnson Creek Road: Open. Watch for fire traffic.
Saturday (Sept 12) Johnson Creek road was closed for a few hours due to a truck’s brakes overheating and catching tires on fire. Driver is OK. They got the truck and trailer moved to a wide spot and the road was back open by 4pm.
Wednesday (Sept 9) local report: “The Johnson Crk. road was in very good shape with some areas being watered down from Wapiti to Twin Bridges. I met four touring motorcycles; they probably didn’t enjoy the stretch of muddy road. Most vehicles were being driven safely, but the one white pickup with the small ATV in back must have thought it was a moto-cross racetrack. There’s the usual damage on the steeper grade sections. I was surprised to have clean air from Ditch Creek to Landmark and Boise, but YP was a bit smoky.” – LI
Wednesday (Sept 9) mail truck driver (Taylor) reports the road is getting “bumpier”.
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.
Report 4 weeks back: “Road is very rough from about 3 mile up this side of the Loon Lake trail head. From the top down to McCall is as good as it has ever been. The rocks are like the tips of an Ice Berg, that can’t be dug out to smooth the road.” -DD
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.
Last report Aug 30: “Grader is at Belvedere. They’ve moved some rocks around. Headed up Profile.” MM
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)
Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open. No recent reports.
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.
Last 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′