Moisture in the air, rocks on the road
This time of year, with precipitation coming in the form of snow, rain or even fog with a high moisture content, the likelihood of rocks and debris releasing from hillsides is ever-present, as shown yesterday in District 1.
With the debris removed, ITD is assessing damage to the roadway and will schedule appropriate repairs.
Fellom said there was no active detour available in that area. Travelers had to go on Idaho 3 back St. Maries and Plummer to Coeur d’Alene, a 50-60 mile re-routing at the least.
A nice video of the slide and clean up is posted on the website of the Coeur d’Alene Press, at http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_c07ea5d8-978d-11e4-949a-c78fb2ab33ca.html
The day before, a 50-ton boulder fell down the hillside in Boise and landed on Warm Springs Avenue before 4 a.m. Again, no injuries were reported. The rock was discovered by an Ada County Highway District crew member making morning rounds.
Reportedly, the city of Boise requested the rock be kept in one piece for their use.