Road Beyond Hells Canyon Dam Cleared and Reopened

Update: As of Thursday, March 7, 2019, this road has been reopened.

The road is closed on the Idaho side of Hells Canyon Dam. It may remain closed until Friday, March 8, while crews remove boulders and rocks from the road between the dam and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Visitors Center in Hells Canyon. Heavy snow is delaying the rock removal.

OXBOW, Oregon — A rock slide has closed the road leading downstream from Hells Canyon Dam to the USFS Visitors Center on the Snake River in Hells Canyon.

The road, owned by the USFS, will remain closed on the Idaho side of Hells Canyon Dam until the slide is cleared. Idaho Power estimates clearing could take until March 8 due to heavy snow delaying the work. Motorists should call Idaho Power’s road status line, 541-785-7251, for updates before traveling between Oxbow and Hells Canyon Dam.

Anyone traveling on the road between Oxbow, Oregon, and Hells Canyon Dam should be aware of increased truck traffic as crews haul rock from the scene of the slide.

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