Crews clean up mudslide, rockslide on Highway 95

Crews clean up mudslide, rockslide on Highway 95

Credit: ITD

A mudslide took out a portion of guard rail and temporarily shut down US 95 on Sunday.

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 11:53 PM

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho -- Idaho Transportation Department officials say crews have cleared at least two rock slides, and a mudslide that blocked much of U.S. Highway 95 near the central Idaho town of Riggins on Sunday.

LARGE ROCK SLIDE

The rockslide happened Sunday night about one mile south of the Sheep Creek rest area, in a section of the Salmon River canyon that has been vulnerable to rockslides for years.

Doral Hoff with the Transportation Department told the Lewiston Tribune that there is still one large rock above the highway that moved with the slide and remains on the hill above the road. Because the rock appears to be precarious, a geologist was called in to evaluate the scene. Hoff says the rock has stabilized, but officials are continuing to evaluate the risk.

MUDSLIDE

A seperate mudslide that happened about 16 miles south of Riggins also limited traffic throughout Sunday afternoon.

The Idaho Transportation Dept. says that slide took out 125 feet of guardrail and pushed a thousand cubic yards of dirt into the roadway.

The mudslide was cleaned up by early Sunday evening.

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