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Red Ives Road in St. Joe Forest under construction

| August 20, 2020 1:00 AM

Road improvements on the Red Ives Road in the St. Joe Ranger District will cause traffic delays this week as workers complete upgrades.

Motorists along Forest Service Road 218 could experience delays of up to two hours between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. throughout the week as heavy equipment repairs slide areas, and improves water drainage along the road.

The Red Ives Road is about 75 miles east of St. Maries and about 15 miles southwest of St. Regis, Mont. It is commonly used by recreationists and by long-hauling equipment.

The Forest Service and Shoshone County have previously identified a 5-mile section of Red Ives Road as needing improvements to protect the roadway from deterioration as well as potential negative impacts to the St. Joe River should the road deteriorate further, according to the Forest Service.

“We have been carefully monitoring the road itself since 2018 when a large slide blocked the road for approximately two months,” said St. Joe District Ranger Matt Davis. “I am pleased that the scheduling and timing to complete the work will be happening this year. This area is highly important to our local communities for recreation, and this fix should provide continued access for many years.”

For more information about this project, contact the St. Joe Ranger District office in St. Maries at 208-245-6000 or visit our Forest website.

— Press staff