Some highways not safe for travel; ITD working hard to clear and reopen closed roads
It has been all-hands-on deck for the Idaho Transportation Department as crews continue working hard to plow and clear roads as quickly and safely as possible.
Idaho has been pounded since early February with a series of winter storms bringing heavy snowfall to the region. It has caused hazardous driving conditions and several road closures during the last month. Due to the severity of weather, some road closures are estimated to last several days.
“Across the state, and especially in Eastern Idaho, heavy snows coupled with high winds are creating low visibility and massive snow drifts,” said ITD Chief Deputy Scott Stokes. “ITD’s primary mission is maintaining the safety and mobility of Idaho’s transportation system. We close roads when the traveling public and our ITD crews are in jeopardy."
Stokes added, “It is super important that people do not drive past closures. If a road is closed, that means it is completely impassable and unsafe for travel.”
The department is shifting equipment and staffing resources as best as possible around the state to re-open the roads as quickly as possible. ITD has requested assistance from the Idaho Office of Emergency Management for additional equipment to help clear these routes.
There are currently a number of road closures across the state:
ID-21: Closed from Idaho City to Lowman
ID-21: Closed from Grandjean Junction to Banner Summit
ID-33: Closed from Victor to Wyoming State Line (avalanche control)
ID-34: Soda Springs to Wyoming State Line
ID-47: Closed from Ashton to Bear Gulch
ID-75: Closed from Ketchum to Stanley (avalanche at Galena Summit)
ID-87: Complete closure
US-20: Closed from Carey to Arco
US-20: Closed from Ashton to Montana State Line
likely closed for several days
I-15: Closed from Dubois to Montana State Line
ITD strongly recommends no one attempts to travel in these areas as local roads are likewise impacted by continuous storm conditions.