There is a light at the end of the tunnel for drivers who have been affected by restrictions on Idaho 52 between Emmett and Horseshoe Bend since the beginning of June.
Work is set to begin Oct. 28 to repair a hillside next to the highway that was damaged by an irrigation canal leak. That leak caused a washout and mudslide.
After securing a wire grid to hold back the washed out hillside, crews will use a process called shotcrete in which concrete will be shot through a hose at high velocity.
The work by Grand Junction, Colo., contractor GeoStabilization International was originally set to start Oct. 7, ITD said, but the temporary government shutdown prevented GSI from leaving a previous job site.
The repair is expected to be wrap up Nov. 15.
ITD is teaming financially with the Emmett Irrigation District to cover the cost of the project and will contribute up to $65,000 for the work.