Emergency Money Given to Fix Remote Idaho Road
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is receiving $500,000 in federal emergency money to repair a damaged road that is the only winter access to the tiny central Idaho mountain town of Atlanta.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement announced that the money will help the Idaho Transportation Department pay to repair the Middle Fork Road. Flash flooding in late July and August damaged a half-mile section of the road and washed out portions of the roadway embankment.
The road is the only winter access to the town as other roads in the area are narrow and can become impassable with heavy snow. The money announced Tuesday will reimburse the state for emergency work done immediately after the flooding. The federal agency says more money will be provided to make permanent repairs.