ITD crews working to clear Highway 95 mudslide

Posted at 11:37 AM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 13:37:51-04

WEISER — Idaho Transportation Department crews are working to clean up a mudslide along U.S. Highway 95, north of Weiser.

The slide happened late Monday afternoon, according to ITD spokesman Jake Melder.

“This is a natural occurrence. Water from melting snow seeps into cracks along the hillside. With low temperatures, the water freezes and expands, widening the cracks, causing the landslide. It’s very common,” he explained.

The mud and boulders have not blocked the highway and have remained on the shoulder. North-south traffic on Highway 95 has not been impacted.

“The area is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, along a stretch of highway north of Weiser and south of Midvale,” Melder said.

Drivers using on that stretch of highway are recommended to drive cautiously and watch for ITD crews working in the area.

Crews expect to have the slide cleared by late Wednesday.

(photos courtesy: ITD)