Horseshoe Bend

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If you drive on Idaho Highway 55, get ready for some construction slowdowns in the New Year.

For anyone traveling north from Boise to Banks, Cascade, Donnelly or beyond, Highway 55 is the main route, and an extremely busy one, especially in the summer months. Any construction project on the highway is of interest to travelers, especially one that will take 10 to 12 months and replace an entire bridge.

The Idaho Transportation Department will hold a meeting next week to talk about their project to replace the Idaho 55/Payette River Bridge.

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An inability to replace business lost in the Great Recession is what operators say is behind this week’s decision to close a scenic train line in southwest Idaho.

The Thunder Mountain Line has operated train rides out of Horseshoe Bend since 1998. The company says ridership in 2015 failed to meet goals. That prompted the decision Monday to cease operations. 

Update 7:35 p.m. – A BLM spokesperson says the threat of damage to homes near highway 55 and the old Horseshoe Bend Road is greatly reduced. Five fire engines that responded from the cities of Eagle and Horseshoe Bend are being sent home. However the fire won’t be contained for at least 24 hours. That means it could flare up again and spread. BLM crews will continue to work on hot spots through the night.