Road Reports Nov 15, 2020

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

Yellow Pine: Nov 15 we have over 7″ of snow on the ground. Local streets are snow covered. 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
Update 11/12: Due to winter weather this weekend, lanes will be open for two-way traffic on ID-55 from Friday, Nov. 13, through Monday morning, Nov. 16. On Monday, crews will continue finishing up work for the winter and drivers can expect full road closures and one-way traffic until the work zone is cleared, which is expected later in the week. We will provide another update when crews finalize their work for 2020 and lanes will be open for two-way traffic for the winter season.
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 Nov 13: Crews were able to secure cable netting over the slope this last week with the help of a helicopter. Netting will help direct any rock that comes lose down the slope away from the highway and into the ditch.
At least two days of warmer weather are needed to finish paving US-95 and Old Pollock Road. Given variable weather conditions expected over the next week, crews will work when they can. Pay attention to road signs in the area for the latest schedule. During paving, drivers can expect up to 15-minute delays.
Repairs are on track to be completed by Thanksgiving.
More info at ITD (link)
French Creek Road is not an official, nor a recommended detour for Highway 95.

Warm Lake Highway: No current reports.
The Big Creek summit snowtel site shows 18 inches of snow Nov 15th
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open – probably snow on the upper end by now and ice in the shade.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open – snow on the road.

Johnson Creek Road: Deep snow at Landmark. Not recommended for wheeled traffic.
Report Thursday (Nov 12) mail truck driver (Taylor) says there was 10″ of snow at Landmark this morning. (He will go out the SF this afternoon.)
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Not recommended for wheeled traffic.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Not recommended for wheeled traffic.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open. (Report 11/14 of a foot of fresh snow at Stibnite.)
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Not recommended for wheeled traffic.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Not recommended for wheeled traffic.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Not recommended for wheeled traffic.
Nov 15 Snotel shows 24″ of snow.
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

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Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard