ITD reopens 'Avalanche Alley' section of Idaho 21

ITD reopens 'Avalanche Alley' section of Idaho 21

Credit: Idaho Transportation Department

ITD reopens 'Avalanche Alley' section of Idaho 21

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 7:01 PM

BOISE COUNTY -- The Idaho Department of Transportation has reopened a 12-mile stretch of Idaho 21 between the Grandjean Junction and Banner Summit.

The highway was reopened at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday after being closed for nearly a week as an avalanche safety precaution. ITD closed the road last Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say the area has received more than two-feet of snow during the closure.  Crews spent the last few days clearing up timber and debris from the highway.

The notorious "Avalanche Alley" section between the Grandjean Junction turnoff and Banner Summit is home to about 60 avalanche chutes and 90 percent of the avalanches in the state that affect highways.

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