Road Reports July 18, 2021

Note: It has been extremely hot and dry in our area so far in July, average high 95F and not a drop of rain. We are getting smoke from fires in Idaho, California, Washington and Oregon, very poor air quality. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions began July 16th.

Please share road reports. Back country roads have not been graded and are rough. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for rocks and trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your vehicle lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads.

Yellow Pine: Local streets are dry and very dusty. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
Drivers, please don’t speed through neighborhoods. Locals brake for kids, dogs, horses, deer, elk and squirrels.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam (check date on image)

Highway 55
Smith’s Ferry Project: Starting June 1, crews will transition into their summer construction schedule. Drivers can anticipate single-lane, alternating traffic controlled by flaggers Monday – early Friday morning. From Friday morning – Sunday, and any major holidays, the road will be open to two lanes. This schedule will be in place until September.
Project link:
Donnelly to Deinhard Project: Construction on Highway 55 between Donnelly and McCall. This is a much-needed project to repair potholes and cracks in the roadway and will include placing a new layer of pavement on the highway for smoother driving conditions.
What to expect:
* Idaho 55 will be reduced to one lane with pilot cars midweek (Monday – Thursday)
* All lanes will be open on weekends (Friday – Sunday)
* Roadway surface will be uneven for several weeks
* Speed limit will be reduced and 12-foot restrictions will be in place
* Construction is expected to be complete in September.

Warm Lake Highway: Open
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Last report Friday (June 25) the road is in great shape. Lots of traffic and campers.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Report Friday (June 25) the road is clear but rough.

Johnson Creek Road: Open
Report Wednesday (July 14) Mail truck driver reports the road is rough and washboardy.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Opened June 7
Report July 14: “The county has started grading from the end of the asphalt up to the summit. As of yesterday they had finished about halfway.” – JF
Watch for ATV and UTV traffic.
Road Closure: Lick Creek Road will be closed at Zena Creek (about 4 miles east of the Ponderosa Campground) from July 19 – July 29 for a bridge replacement. Please plan ahead.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Opened June 13
No current report. Not graded and probably rough
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Link: Big Creek Webcam (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
No current report.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Open, travel at your own risk.
A 2nd hand report (June 14) that someone made it over to Thunder Mtn. in a full sized truck.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Probably open. Travel at your own risk.
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Opened June 9
No current report.
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Warren Wagon Road: Open by May 27
No current report.

New Link
Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard