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Series of avalanches engulf Idaho’s Highway 21; ITD captures amazing photo of the scene

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On March 13, 2014 @ 5:23 pm In The Roadologist | No Comments

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An ITD worker (in orange) stands where road should be. An estimated eight avalanches have occurred in the past few days on Highway 21 in Idaho, completely covering a 12-mile portion of the road. (Photo Credit: ITD, via Boise State Public Radio)

A series of avalanches has left a portion Idaho’s Highway 21 completely covered in snow, ice and trees, and the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) [2] has the picture to show just how much work the agency will have to do in the coming weeks.

About eight avalanches have occurred in the past few days, engulfing a 12-mile portion of the highway, Boise State Public Radio reports [3].

The road, nicknamed “avalanche alley,” would close every winter until about three decades ago, according to the report. Now it closes when there is a high risk of an avalanche.

The report notes that it will likely take ITD several weeks to clear the road.

Series of avalanches engulf Idaho’s Highway 21; ITD captures amazing photo of the scene

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On March 13, 2014 @ 5:23 pm In The Roadologist | No Comments

hwy21avalanche [1]

An ITD worker (in orange) stands where road should be. An estimated eight avalanches have occurred in the past few days on Highway 21 in Idaho, completely covering a 12-mile portion of the road. (Photo Credit: ITD, via Boise State Public Radio)

A series of avalanches has left a portion Idaho’s Highway 21 completely covered in snow, ice and trees, and the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) [2] has the picture to show just how much work the agency will have to do in the coming weeks.

About eight avalanches have occurred in the past few days, engulfing a 12-mile portion of the highway, Boise State Public Radio reports [3].

The road, nicknamed “avalanche alley,” would close every winter until about three decades ago, according to the report. Now it closes when there is a high risk of an avalanche.

The report notes that it will likely take ITD several weeks to clear the road.


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[1] Image: http://www.equipmentworld.com/files/2014/03/hwy21avalanche1.jpg

[2] Idaho Transportation Department (ITD): http://itd.idaho.gov

[3] Boise State Public Radio reports: http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/incredible-post-avalanche-photo-shows-what-it-will-take-clear-idahos-highway-21?nopop=1

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