Landslide West of Elk City Buries Section of Idaho 14 in Tons of Debris
LEWISTON – A major landslide on the afternoon of Thurs., Feb. 18, buried a 500-foot section of Idaho 14 about 10 miles west of Elk City in rock and debris nearly 40 feet deep. Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) crews are developing, with the aid of geologists and landslide experts, a plan for safely removing the debris. A timetable for reopening the route has not yet been determined.
One of the problems, besides assessing stability, is what to do with the slide material. ITD has no nearby materials pit that could hold such a massive quantity.