Highway 55 to reopen between Smiths Ferry and Round Valley

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Posted at 1:25 PM, Jan 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-24 21:21:44-05

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.

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.

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ITD is currently investigating the closure and will update on any further information.

Travelers can stay up to date on the slide by checking the Idaho Transportation Department's website or by visiting the Idaho 511 website.