Massive boulders close Idaho highway indefinitely

Massive boulders close Idaho highway indefinitely
Rockslides for the last week have forced the indefinite closure of part of an Idaho highway, officials said. (Idaho Transportation Department /Idaho Transportation Department)

RIGGINS, Idaho — Rockslides for the last week have forced the indefinite closure of part of an Idaho highway, officials said. 

Massive boulders fell onto Highway 95 near mile marker 188 closing the road July 3, the Idaho Transportation Department said

UPDATE: Massive boulders came down last night at the US-95 slide south of Riggins. The highway will remain closed until...

Posted by Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) on Friday, July 10, 2020
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Crews built a temporary road as a detour but had to close that after another significant movement of rock.

“The highway will remain closed until we are able to evaluate this new development and determine the best option to safely stabilize the slope,” operations engineer Jared Hopkins said.

The area around the slide is considered very dangerous. 

“The proven unpredictability of this slide requires that we remain flexible,” Hopkins said. “While our goal is to safely reopen the highway as soon as possible, we are very thankful that no one has been injured and will focus our efforts to ensure that it remains that way.”