The Idaho Transportation Department will receive about $500,000 in federal emergency funds to help clean up a rockslide that effectively shut down Idaho Highway 14, the main route out of Elk City, about 10 miles west of the community, according to an ITD press release.
The federal funds were approved Feb. 29, after both Gov. Butch Otter and the Idaho County commissioners declared a state of emergency in regards to the rockslide.
Crews have begun to clear the highway, but ITD does not yet have an estimate for when that work might be complete. In their declaration, the county commissioners warned the work would take at least three weeks.
Essential traffic is being allowed into and out of Elk City three times a week along a Forest Service road.
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“These Quick Release funds are extremely important to address costs associated with early disaster responses,” said Mel Coulter, an ITD Emergency Program supervisor. “The disaster declaration by Gov. Otter was the key factor in allowing us to apply for and receive the special (Federal Highway Administration) funds.”