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UPDATE: Section of U.S. 12 closed for avalanche threat has reopened

2008 – A slide in January 2008 on U.S. Highway 12 blocked the roadway for 363 hours.

Contributed photo / Idaho Transportation Department
2008 – A slide in January 2008 on U.S. Highway 12 blocked the roadway for 363 hours.



A 61-mile section of U.S. Highway 12 which closed, Wednesday, Feb. 12, due to the threat of avalanche, reopened at 10:15 a.m. No slides occurred during the closure, and the amount of rain and snow forecasted, which prompted the closure, did not happen, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.

Existing snow and heavy rain in the forecast made conditions ripe for a slide. Road closure avalanche gates closed the road from two miles east of Lowell to two miles west of Powell (milepost 100-161) for the avalanche threat. Electronic message signs warned travelers of the closure.

This stretch of U.S. 12 last closed for an avalanche in January 2008 for a 363-hour period.

For the latest highway and weather conditions, call Idaho Traveler Services at 5-1-1. For online updates, visit the website at 511.idaho.gov. Telephone and Web reports are available 24 hours a day and are updated as conditions change.



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