Road Reports Sept 27, 2020

Johnson Creek road is Open! Watch for fire traffic. 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 damp and pot holes full of water. Watch for YPFD volunteers working along local streets. 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 55 Webcams Link:
Link: Fall 2020 ID-55, Smiths Ferry Improvements
ID-55 is closing between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge starting Monday, Sept. 21. for rock blasting and cleanup. Plan ahead for full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November, and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
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.
Link: Bridge construction at Horseshoe Bend.
Work will generally be done from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday -Saturday. Two travel lanes will remain open during construction. Crews will build half of the new bridge to the west of the existing bridge. When completed, traffic will shift to the new structure, allowing crews to demolish the old bridge and continue constructing the eastern half of the new bridge.

Highway 95: Detour around slide.
More blasting occurred Tueday (Sept 22nd.)
Check ITD (link)
French Creek Road is not an official, nor a recommended detour for Highway 95.

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 19) report from mail truck driver (Taylor) Rough road in the construction areas. 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 19) mail truck driver (Taylor) reports the road is getting a little more washboardy.

Johnson Creek Road: Open Sept 20th
Please use caution as you travel along the road. At times the road grader will be working to grade the surface of the Johnson Creek road and fire traffic will be working to mop up, patrol the fire area, and doing prep work ahead of the fire.
Report Wednesday (Sept 23) mail truck driver (Taylor) says they were grading the upper part for the fire traffic.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Open.
Report Sept 21: Lick Creek Road was recently graded by Valley County.
Report Sept 23: road is very bumpy. – BJB
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Open.
Summit was reported snow free on Sunday June 28.
Report Sept 20: “Profile’s in pretty good shape.” BMc
Porphyry Fire may be impacting upper Smith Creek Road. Unknown if avalanche trees have been cut out.
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.
Report Sept 15: A report of downed trees on the road going over Monumental summit – probably from last week’s wind storm?
Report Sept 22: The road is clear as far as 4 miles this side of the summit. It appeared some trees had been cut recently. It is possible the road has been cleared?
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Cinnabar: Open, 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.
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′

New Link
Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard