Road Reports Oct 25, 2020

Please share road reports. Conditions can change quickly this time of year. Be prepared for rocks and trees in the road, and possible snow in higher elevation. Remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: Rain, then cold weather have improved local streets. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
“Drivers don’t speed through neighborhoods or most anywhere. Locals brake for kids, wandering dogs, deer, elk, moose, fox, beaver, squirrels and chipmunks. Most are lifetime members of SPLAT, the Society to Prevent Little Animal Tragedies.” – IME
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (cameras down today)

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, the County Commissioners have ordered the closure of Smith’s Ferry Dr. at Packer John Rd. and Round Valley Rd. This closure does not apply to the property owners.

Highway 95: Detour around slide.
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: Open
Construction nearly over, paving commenced last week.
Saturday (Oc 17) mail truck driver (Taylor) said they had made good progress in the paving, by Wednesday (Oct 21) he noticed equipment being hauled out.
“No closure of the SF Road due to Rx Fire. The construction is winding up with paving prep and paving this week and into next. No hard closures anymore, but potential delays of 30 minutes as vehicle approach the paving operation.”
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Saturday (Oct 17) mail truck driver (Taylor) reports the road is “degrading” but not bad.

Johnson Creek Road: Open
Report Wednesday (Oct 21) mail truck driver (Taylor) says the road was graded all the way to YP, but skipped some sections. Currently the road is in good shape.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Open. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Open. No current report.
Report Sept 20: “Profile’s in pretty good shape.” BMc
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. Be prepared for high elevation snow this time of year.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Cinnabar: Open? Travel at your own risk. Be prepared for high elevation snow this time of year.
Reports of off road travel this summer cutting through the switchbacks and tearing up the hillside.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Travel at your own risk.
Be prepared for high elevation snow this time of year.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Warrens Wagon Road: No currents report.

Deadwood Summit: Open, travel with caution. Be prepared for high elevation snow this time of year.
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