Elko County Commissioner Delmo Andreozzi discussed Regional Transportation Commission developments including expansion of the list of county roads to maintain as well as appropriation of $1.3m to rehabilitate the county road crossing state land that accesses South Fork State Park. The commissioner also described ongoing efforts of a working group formed to consider emergency plans for SR 227, Lamoille Summit, in the event of a road closure necessitated by snow or wildfire. The group is exploring alternate access, chain up areas and better communication with the public as emergencies unfold.
NDOT SR 227 Lamoille Highway surveillance video of February 13, 2019 road closure that stranded commuters on both sides of the summit. The closure lasted about four hours, intermittently, and delayed doctors and nurses from arriving at the hospital and separated parents from children. A county working group is exploring a number of issues related to the emergency including alternate routes between Elko and Spring Creek.