Highway 55 to remain closed through Thanksgiving due to rockslide
by CBS2 News Staff Friday, November 19th 2021
Smiths Ferry rockslide. (Courtesy ITD)
Folks heading to the McCall area for Thanksgiving will need to plan to take Highway 95.
The Idaho Transportation Department on Friday said the highway will remain closed between Smiths Ferry and Round Valley Road through Thanksgiving due to a rockslide that occurred on Thursday.
“We understand the inconvenience closing down the road causes, but our objective is to ensure the corridor is safe for travel,” said Jason Brinkman, ITD District 3 engineering manager. “These decisions are not taken lightly. We appreciate the public’s continued patience as we work to clear the material and reopen the road safely.”
Geotechnical experts are on-site evaluating the safety and stability of the slope and figuring out how much material needs to be removed.