Blasting Will Delay Traffic Near Oxbow on Tuesday and Again Next Week

An ongoing roadway improvement project has restricted traffic to a single lane near Idaho Power’s Oxbow shop in Hells Canyon. Blasting will require full closure of the road for up to two hours on Tuesday, beginning at 2 p.m. Another blasting event will take place next week.

OXBOW, Oregon — Drivers in Hells Canyon should expect delays of up to two hours near Idaho Power’s Operations Center at Oxbow, Oregon, on Tuesday, Nov. 26, beginning at 2 p.m. MT, due to blasting as part of ongoing road work.

Another blasting event will take place the week of Dec. 2. The specific date remains undetermined; the outage will be scheduled for 2 p.m. MT to minimize potential impact to motorists.

Crews have been widening the shoulder on this stretch of road between Oxbow and Hells Canyon dams since October. Work is now expected to be completed by mid-December. Traffic delays have been limited to 30 minutes or less. However, blasting will require delays of 45 minutes to two hours while crews prepare the area and clear the roadway afterward.

Idaho Power appreciates the public’s patience during this roadway improvement project.

About Idaho Power
Idaho Power, headquartered in vibrant and fast-growing Boise, Idaho, has been a locally operated energy company since 1916. Today, it serves a 24,000-square-mile area in Idaho and Oregon. The company’s goal to provide 100% clean energy by 2045 builds on its long history as a clean-energy leader that provides reliable service at affordable prices. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects at the core of its diverse energy mix, Idaho Power’s residential, business and agricultural customers pay among the nation’s lowest prices for electricity. Its 2,000 employees proudly serve more than 560,000 customers with a culture of safety first, integrity always and respect for all.

IDACORP Inc. (NYSE: IDA), Idaho Power’s independent publicly traded parent company, is also headquartered in Boise, Idaho. To learn more, visit or

Brad Bowlin
Communications Specialist