Travel through the blocked stretch of Idaho 14 west of Elk City will resume on a limited basis for local traffic only beginning Thursday morning, March 24, the Idaho Transportation Department announced Wednesday.
A one-lane, temporary road at the slide site will open to local traffic daily from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., and again from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., weather permitting. Flaggers will be located at each end of the temporary road to guide traffic through the work area. Emergency vehicles will be allowed through the slide site any time it is necessary and safe for them to do so, according to an ITD news release.
Idaho 14 will be closed overnight and every day from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from milepost 34.5 to milepost 43. The closure is necessary while trucks haul landslide debris to the Crooked River waste site, ITD reports.
A Feb. 18 landslide closed 500 feet of Idaho 14 after rock and debris slid onto the roadway, disrupting access to residents of Elk City, Red River, Orogrande, American River and Dixie.