Work is due to start today on the Selway Rockslide

July 21—Work to begin removing a landslide from the Selway River Road is expected to begin today, said Kidder-Harris Road District Supervisor Dan Fitting.

“We got the go-ahead” from the US Forest Service, Fitting said. The agency first had to do an archaeological examination of the site as part of the process of clearing the road. It was concluded Wednesday morning, Fitting said, and his department was given the go-ahead to begin clearing the road.

The first task will likely be to open an emergency lane in the road to allow limited passage to traffic.

The Selway River Road passes through the Fenn Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. The route is used by campers, hikers and river recreation enthusiasts throughout the summer.

The landslide happened Friday about a mile on Selway River Road past Three Rivers Resort. Fitting estimated the mass of the rockslide to be about 28,000 yards of material and reaching about 170 feet down the hillside.

Fitting said material from the rockslide will be transported to a landfill site at O’Hara Campground, about 6 miles away. Previously, it was thought that the debris should be transported to Kooskia, about 22 miles to the southwest. The nearest dump, he said, will reduce the cost of removal and the time needed to restore the road, which he estimated at about two weeks.

“This process would cost a lot more drugs than it does without this Forest Service dump,” Fitting said.

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Virginia F. Goins