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Forest service road washed out

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Posted at 11:46 AM, May 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 14:37:06-04

About 600 feet of Forest Road 327 -- commonly called Swanholm Road -- near Deer Park has been partially washed out due to water overtopping a beaver dam on the adjacent Trail Creek, said a Boise National Forest Service spokeswoman.

Forest Road 327 is under the maintenance jurisdiction of Atlanta Highway District.

Now deemed impassable, the route was the only drivable road linking North Fork Boise River to the Middle Fork Boise River, Forest Road 268.

“While a section of Forest Road 327 was recently reopened after forest crews cleared downed trees from the Granite Creek parking area to Barber Flat, the entire loop of Forest Roads 327 and 384 will be reopened by this weekend, but Forest Road 327 past Deer Park will be closed,” said Boise National Forest spokeswoman Susan Blake.

Forest Road 327 past Deer Park is expected to be restored before the Memorial Day weekend.

Before visiting the area, motorists should contact the Atlanta Highway District at 208-864-2115 to make sure repairs are complete or contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-6681 for further information.