After a nearly three-week closure, a stretch of Idaho 55 is set to reopen. Here’s when

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Idaho Transportation Department

The stretch of Idaho 55 between Smiths Ferry and Round Valley Road that was closed since Nov. 18 is set to reopen at noon Monday, according to an Idaho Transportation Department news release.

ITD expects delays to last about 15 minutes as additional construction work is scheduled to prepare the road for winter.

The road had been closed since Nov. 18 after a rockslide. More than 50,000 cubic yards of large boulders and dirt slid onto the roadway, ITD said. The rockslide took place near the Rainbow Bridge, about 20 miles south of Cascade. The area is frequented as a way to get between the Boise and McCall and Cascade areas.

Last week, ITD announced the repairs would take another seven to 10 days.

Construction crews built a 20-foot tall and 400-foot long rock wall to stabilize the area, according to ITD. An “interim road” is ready to be opened around the location of the slide.

“The Department thanks the traveling public, Valley County residents, and the business community for their support and patience, as our crews worked tirelessly to stabilize this slide,” ITD Engineering Manager Jason Brinkman said in the news release. “We know it’s been a long closure, but we have taken extensive steps to ensure safe travel through the work zone this winter.”

U.S. 95, an alternate route when Idaho 55 was closed, remains open for travel between Valley County and the Treasure Valley.

This was the second rockslide to occur near Rainbow Bridge this year. There was one in March on the same stretch of highway. ITD is working on a project in the area to expand the road.

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