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Road Update for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

Operations may affect visitor travel on Forest Service roads

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Road Update for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

Multiple construction, maintenance, and timber harvest operations are taking place across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and may affect visitor travel on Forest Service roads (FSR). Public health and safety concerns due to these activities can result in closures of roads or sections of roads on the forest. On other projects, roads may remain open, but the public can expect delays while project work is taking place.

Visitors are encouraged to always drive defensively and be aware of road conditions before starting your trip. Be alert to heavy machinery and personnel in construction areas. Allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination when passing through work zones, as roadwork can cause travel delays.

This update summarizes recent and upcoming travel impacts on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. For more information about road conditions and closures on the forest, please visit For the most up to date information, you are encouraged to contact your local Forest Service office.

• Palouse Ranger District (208-875-1131)

o FSR 382: Road resurfacing will begin soon on the first five miles of Elk Creek Road. Be aware of heavy truck traffic.

o FSR 447: Road maintenance will be taking place on Palouse River Road near milepost 1 beginning on or around Sept. 10. The roadwork will require FSR 447 to be closed for up to two weeks.

o FSR 768 and 768-D: Expect delays and heavy truck traffic during roadwork associated with ongoing timber harvest operations in the area.

o FSR 1427: A closure is expected to begin in mid–September during a pipe installation project near milepost 2.

• North Fork Ranger District (208-476-4541)

o FSR 250: Black Canyon Road remains partially blocked by debris approximately 1.5 miles north of Kelly Forks. The segment of road is passable by high clearance, four–wheel–drive vehicles only.

o FSR 670: Expect delays through September during aggregate placement and culvert replacement.

o FSR 5213: Expect delays through September during aggregate placement and culvert replacement.

• Lochsa/Powell Ranger District (208-926-4274 / 208-942-3113)

o FSR 100: Delays and a possible detour are expected beginning around Sept. 4 during a project to repair and stabilize a landslide 23 miles northeast of Kamiah.

o FSR 101: Expect heavy truck traffic and delays during road repair work taking place on the first 6.5 miles of road.

o FSR 373: Elk Meadows Road is scheduled to be closed on or around Sept. 4 during a bridge replacement project. The closure is expected to last approximately three weeks.

o FSR 568: A closure is still in place on the ‘Imnamatnoon Road due to road failure.

o FSR 5659: A road closure is anticipated to begin Sept. 4 and last through September during a culvert replacement project.

• Moose Creek Ranger District (208-926-4258)

o FSR 290: Indian Hill Road remains closed to full sized vehicles due to washouts. Slide repair work is beginning the last week of August.

o FSR 317: Expect delays and truck traffic during roadwork and ongoing timber hauling on Coolwater Road.

o FSR 651: O’Hara Road is scheduled to be closed beginning August 27 from the junction with O’Hara Campground Road #651A to the junction with FSR 1121 for public safety during helicopter logging operations. The work is expected to continue through Labor Day Weekend. O’Hara Campground will remain open during this road closure.

• Salmon River Ranger District (208-839-2211)

o FSR 221: Crews are brushing the Grangeville–Salmon Road from milepost 44 up to the road’s junction with FSR 1614. Brushing has been completed between Fish Creek and the junction with FSR 444.

o FSR 309: Hungry Ridge Road has re–opened in its entirety following a bridge replacement project. A new concrete bridge is now in place at mile .9 over Mill Creek.

• Red River Ranger District (208-842-2245)

o FSR 284: Road rehabilitation continues on the Elk City Wagon Road. Culvert installation is scheduled to be complete by Aug. 24 and the project is expected to be completed by mid-October. Expect minor delays on the Elk City Wagon Road during construction.

• U.S. Highway 12

o The Idaho Transportation Department is continuing extensive roadwork on U.S. Highway 12 this summer; travelers should expect significant delays. Please visit for updates and information from ITD.


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