The Idaho Transportation Department has closed an often-closed section of Interstate 15 because of reduced visibility. The closure affects the road from Idaho Falls (milepost 119) to Roberts (milepost 134.5). The order was given just after 3 PM on Monday.
Northbound traffic is being detoured from I-15 to U.S. 20 in Idaho Falls and then from U.S. 20 in Rigby to Idaho 48, which runs to Roberts and I-15.
Southbound traffic is being detoured from I-15 to Idaho 48 in Roberts and then from Idaho 48 to U.S. 20 in Rigby, then south to I-15 in Idaho Falls.
The transportation department estimates the interstate will reopen late Monday night when the wind is expected to subside.
Motorists should drive with extreme care and observe traffic signs and signals. High winds make for highly dangerous driving conditions. Drivers are encouraged to visit 511.idaho.gov or call 5-1-1 for the latest highway conditions.
After 4:30 PM ITD also had closed Idaho 32 between Idaho 33 and Idaho 47.