Crews clearing ID-21 from historic avalanches


LOWMAN - Idaho Transportation Department crews continue to excavate, blow, and plow snow off Idaho Highway 21 between Lowman and Stanley following historic avalanches.

See the video on YouTube here.

The 11-mile stretch of road, known as Canyon Creek, is prone to avalanches, with nearly 60 typical slide locations. A storm that began on Feb. 24 dumped more than five feet of snow on the road and triggered avalanches that laid more than 50 feet of snow on the highway.

Crews started to clear the snow Friday, March 1 beginning on the southern end of the corridor. Since that time, five miles has been cleared. The narrow corridor allows only a few machines to work at any given time, requiring methodical progress. Additional snow removal equipment arrived Friday, March 8 to work from the north.

Access to Stanley from the Treasure Valley remains open via ID-75, which was opened up Saturday, March 2.

At this time, the work zone is too narrow to allow media crews to access the area. For the safety of ITD crews and members of the media, access to the area will remain restricted. As progress is made, opportunities will exist for media to visit the work zone and gather footage. A news release will be sent out when such opportunity becomes available.

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