Back in early August, heavy rains caused a mudslide that completely wiped out 700 feet
of the Middle Fork Boise River Road, cutting off access to Atlanta, Idaho. Another quarter-mile of the road was covered in mud, logs and rocky debris.
According to a news release from the Boise National Forest, the Atlanta Highway District is "making excellent progress" in repairing the road. Contractors are even ahead of schedule. A total of six miles of the road was washed out by the major mudslide at mile marker 38, near Big Five Creek.
Contractors estimate the road will be open again by mid-November, but an exact opening date has not been established. The goal is to make the road to Atlanta passable for the winter.
The road is currently closed to all motorized vehicles at mile marker 34 near Loftus Hot Springs to mile marker 40, near forest roads 376/268. The works is being done by two local contractors—Boise-based Western Construction Inc. and Robison Logging and Excavating, based in Grand View. The Federal Highway Administration approved half-a-million dollars to the Idaho Department of Transportation for the repair.
Seven other roads within the Boise National Forest are still blocked from mud flows stemming from the same heavy August rains, including the popular Roaring River Road. More information for hunters and recreationists can be found here