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Idaho Transportation Department to fix multiple potholes, cracks on Highway 55

Both sides of Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry, at milepost 91, are dotted with large potholes, cracks, and dips in the pavement. (Axel Quarterone)

Some drivers are having a bit of a rough ride on Highway 55, recently.

Both sides of Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry, at milepost 91, are dotted with large potholes, cracks, and dips in the pavement.

Idaho’s Transportation Department tell CBS 2 News that they’ve been putting cold patches on the potholes, recently.

They add that a full-scale repaving isn’t possible with the current weather.

It’ll be the end of April, beginning of May before crews can get out there to fix the issue.

Jake Melder with ITD says higher than average precipitation sped up the deterioration, among other things.

“A combination of freezing and thawing, of hydraulic pressure which is basically cars running over the potholes that are filled with water may expand those potholes more,” Melder said. “It’s created a situation where the roadway is in very bad shape.”

ITD also believes that the potholes and cracks show that the pavement itself doesn’t meet their usual standards of durability.

They added that when the replacement of this area begins, they will be shutting down one side of the highway.

For now, they urge drivers to lower their speed to 35 mph in that area and to keep a wide following space.

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