Idaho crews clean up highway-blocking rockslide

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Transportation Department officials say crews have cleared a rockslide that blocked much of U.S. Highway 95 near the central Idaho town of Riggins.

The rockslide happened Sunday night about one mile south of the Sheep Creek rest area, in a section of the Salmon River canyon that has been vulnerable to rockslides for years.

Doral Hoff with the Transportation Department told the Lewiston Tribune that there is still one large rock above the highway that moved with the slide and remains on the hill above the road. Because the rock appears to be precarious, a geologist was called in to evaluate the scene. Hoff says the rock has stabilized, but officials are continuing to evaluate the risk.

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Information from: Lewiston Tribune