UPDATE: Highway 55 will reopen in both directions at 9 p.m. Monday. According to the Idaho Transportation Department, the hillside has been deemed safe for public travel after it was stabilized.
SH-55 will reopen in both directions tonight at 9 p.m. (Jan.24). Crews stabilized and experts assessed the hillside & concluded that it is safe for the traveling public. ITD appreciates the patience of the public while crews worked to reopen the highway.— ITD (@IdahoITD) January 25, 2022
ORIGINAL STORY: Highway 55 will remain closed north of Smiths Ferry through at least Monday, Jan. 24. Experts will be on-site Monday morning to assess the safety and stability of the hillside. Another update will be provided by ITD Monday afternoon.
According to a press release from the Idaho Transportation Department, the road is closed until Geotechnical experts can assess the stability of the hillside and determine the next steps for reopening the Highway.
This slide occurred in a different area than the rockslide that closed the road last fall.
Until the stretch is reopened, travelers can take Highway 95 as an alternate route.
ITD is currently investigating the closure and will update on any further information.