Old Pollock Road will be closed from 7 a.m. tomorrow until Wednesday evening as improvements are made for a future non-commercial detour around the slide. The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office does not have an estimated time as to when it will be cleaned up. “During those short-duration closures, the temporary signals will turn red,” Zarate said. “The additional rock fall that occurred last Thursday invalidated the survey points we were monitoring,” ITD Operations Engineer Jared Hopkins said. ", "I thought we'd never get it," Liz Uihlein, an outspoken critic of COVID-19 restrictions, told Uline employees. Idaho business leaders call on public to take COVID-19 pandemic seriously, Boise School District nurse shares her concerns during the coronavirus pandemic, 5 unique Idaho women who served etched on limited edition medallion, Trio of Idaho veterans find comradery in running a barbershop in Meridian together, St. Luke's to study how Idahoans are coping with mental stress related to COVID-19, 208 Redial: Idaho World War II veteran flies again thanks to non-profit, Gov. Drilling will begin today at the US-95 slide south of Riggins. In addition to clearing the roadway, crews finished rebuilding protective berms to shield traffic from any additional rock fall. The slope and area around the slide is considered extremely hazardous. Crews have finished constructing the temporary road around the slide at milepost 188 and have placed barriers to protect future traffic from rockfall. Download a photo of operators filling the container boxes with rocks last week. Your Mobility. Currently, the slide is still active so it limits the works crews can do. Until this problem is solved, we recommend that drivers check 511 every time they travel on US-95.”. Hasty said residents who frequented the store were all talking about the quake. Impacts to traffic – delays up to 15 minutes – are expected to remain the same until early November. "It really shook a lot of groceries off the shelves," Keith Hasty, an employee at a gas station in Tonopah, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. U.S. Highway 95 will no longer open to traffic between Pollock and Riggins this afternoon to allow for continued monitoring of the slide at milepost 188. Because of that she said it won't be a "quick cleanup.". This blast is the first of two planned to remove material from the slope. “We have worked with our geotechnical experts to establish a monitoring and lighting system that allows us to continually observe and survey the slope,” Operations Engineer Jared Hopkins said. “We plan to proactively address it now while we have the right equipment and people in the area.”. Old Pollock Road will be the detour route drivers have to take. For progress updates, drivers should visit itd.idaho.gov/us95rigginsslide and follow ITD on Facebook and Twitter. “We cannot open the highway until we know it’s safe, and we won’t know without more surveys taken over time.”. “The nature of this situation however, requires us to remain diligent and only make decisions when we can ensure the safety of both motorists and our workers.”. There are no local road detours in the area. Yesterday around 4:30 p.m. crews left the site once a crack in the rock face became visible from below. I-90 Westbound - On I-90 westbound just west of SR 900 (MP 15) the right lane is closed due to roadwork. Old Pollock Road will continue to be monitored and maintained for possible use as a detour in the future. “In the meantime, we are evaluating the condition of Old Pollock Road to see how we may be able to help the county with a locals-only detour.”. Motorcycle rider dies after being hit by pickup truck near Council, Snow falls in Idaho's mountains, record cold in the valley, Rest area near the Idaho-Oregon border back open with limited services. Drilling is the first step in the process of safely removing material from the slope. will be closed. The signals will be controlled by a spotter who will observe the slope and coordinate with surveyors on site. Post Date: 05/15/2020 9:11 AM. This change in time is to better accommodate local traffic. ITD anticipates the closure will last for two days. Starting Thursday, ITD plans to open the highway from 6 a.m. PDT /7 a.m. MDT to 8 p.m. PDT/ 9 p.m. MDT each day. They are expected to take until late October to complete. David Boruchowitz told KSNV-TV in Las Vegas. The closure starts at New Meadows to five miles south of the Riggins area. Geotechnical experts will finish dislodging any loose material before using steel bolts to secure the remaining rock in place. Continued rockfall throughout the day kept maintenance crews from cleaning up the slide. Plans for long-term repairs are still being designed.

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