Road Reports Nov 1, 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: Streets are starting to dry out again and a bit dusty. 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: (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, 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.
Update Oct 27: Drilling on the face of the slope is now complete. Next crews will start installing mesh at the top of the slope and removing the rock berm on the south side. Impacts to traffic – delays up to 15 minutes – are expected to remain the same until early November.
Remaining work includes installing cable netting on the face of the slope, installing fencing at the bottom of the slope, repairing the surface of US-95 and making minor changes to Old Pollock Road. Work is expected to wrap up in mid-November.
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
Saturday (Oct 24) mail truck driver (Taylor) said the South Fork paving is complete and the road is in good shape.
(Oct 26 from PNF): The South Fork Road reconstruction project is fully complete. No more closures or delays will take place currently or into the future.
“No closure of the SF Road due to [planned] Rx Fire.” – PNF
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Saturday (Oct 24) mail truck driver (Taylor) reports they had run the grader over some of the rough spots.

Johnson Creek Road: Open
Report Wednesday (Oct 28) mail truck driver (Taylor) says 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 recent reports.
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. No recent reports. 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. No recent reports.
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. No recent reports.
Be prepared for high elevation snow this time of year.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Warrens Wagon Road: No recent reports.

Deadwood Summit: Open, travel with caution. No recent reports. Be prepared for high elevation snow this time of year.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

New Link
Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard