Whitmore Grove/Briceland Road–Amazing Photos

UPDATE: The road is closed now.  Take the alternate route over the Old Briceland Road.

Kim Sallaway (see here for his incredible photos of Humboldt and beyond) took these amazing shots today of Briceland Road at Whitmore Grove.  The slipout there is affecting residents of Briceland, Whitethorn, Shelter Cove and other points west of Redway.  Last night the road was closed from 7pm til almost 8 this morning according to residents who live near there.  Drivers were rerouted over the narrow Old Briceland Rd pass the airport and winding out to Briceland itself.  Today, crews are putting riprap (in this case huge boulders)  in, dealing with the log jam, and shoring up the road.  Reports from KMUD say, “State Parks working on Briceland Rd thru Whitemore Grove now, says they won’t close rd. again, putting up lights.”

According to commentor Longwind, “The flagger I chatted with this morning said Parks had emergency funding for jobs like this so it’ll get done expeditiously–but they didn’t have enough working radios yet, etc. It’s definitely a scramble right now. They’re digging out mudbank and dumping in riprap now.”  Hopefully,  traffic will be back to normal soon.

The photos below show some amazing work being done:


  • Laytonville Rock
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

18 comments

  • Wow Kim & Kym.. great photos of the work being done ! Thanks.

  • Wow Kim & Kym.. great photos of the work being done ! Thanks.

  • WOW !! knew it was bad when they close the road and reroute it to Old Briceland, but again WOW

  • WOW !! knew it was bad when they close the road and reroute it to Old Briceland, but again WOW

  • Fiance here: Glad the kid moved into town!

  • Fiance here: Glad the kid moved into town!

  • Thanks for the great pictures. I enjoy everything on this web site. Looks to be a wet spring here in the panhandle of Idaho. thanks bobdog

  • Thanks for the great pictures. I enjoy everything on this web site. Looks to be a wet spring here in the panhandle of Idaho. thanks bobdog

  • The road is CLOSED, alternate scenic route over the Old Briceland Road.

  • The road is CLOSED, alternate scenic route over the Old Briceland Road.

  • I went and shot some more photos of this developing disaster. The road is gone. The crew is dumpinng riprap into the oozing mud. They disappear with a plop and sink into the moving mess. Truck load after truck load of rocks from a quarry on Bear Butte are disappearing into the hillside and creek bed as they try to get the earth to stop moving. This is serious stuff. The road is closed. There is no road. They hope to rebuild one lane by early in the week for controlled traffic. The repair will take more than a year. It will be very inconveniant.
    Right now, if you don’t need to go to town, don’t go. If you have to drive Old Briceland Road, remember it is dangerous, and will have far more traffic on it than is normal. BE CAREFUL. Put your cell phones away. Pay attention.

    • when you drive the Old Briceland Road, somewhere on the top of the road going through the pasture area is a huge Pothole,
      go very slow, it could damage your car- you might not have a possibility to get around it with this traffic. sorry can not give you right now a more detailed position. Also the cattle guard on the top of the road is dangerously sunken, go slow or you will take a fly!!
      be safe
      Amazing photos Kim, thank you

  • I went and shot some more photos of this developing disaster. The road is gone. The crew is dumpinng riprap into the oozing mud. They disappear with a plop and sink into the moving mess. Truck load after truck load of rocks from a quarry on Bear Butte are disappearing into the hillside and creek bed as they try to get the earth to stop moving. This is serious stuff. The road is closed. There is no road. They hope to rebuild one lane by early in the week for controlled traffic. The repair will take more than a year. It will be very inconveniant.
    Right now, if you don’t need to go to town, don’t go. If you have to drive Old Briceland Road, remember it is dangerous, and will have far more traffic on it than is normal. BE CAREFUL. Put your cell phones away. Pay attention.

    • when you drive the Old Briceland Road, somewhere on the top of the road going through the pasture area is a huge Pothole,
      go very slow, it could damage your car- you might not have a possibility to get around it with this traffic. sorry can not give you right now a more detailed position. Also the cattle guard on the top of the road is dangerously sunken, go slow or you will take a fly!!
      be safe
      Amazing photos Kim, thank you

  • So, the alternate route is controlled traffic only. They have a pilot car running on Old Briceland Rd. today and if you miss your chance to tag along, you will have an hour wait until it comes back again. My advice: don’t go to the Cove unless you simply MUST.

  • So, the alternate route is controlled traffic only. They have a pilot car running on Old Briceland Rd. today and if you miss your chance to tag along, you will have an hour wait until it comes back again. My advice: don’t go to the Cove unless you simply MUST.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *