The City of Twin Falls has closed Shoshone Street between Sixth Avenue West and South Park Avenue West due to a waterline break that occurred during the early morning on Sunday, Feb. 14. Vehicle traffic is currently being detoured around the Shoshone Street bridge at Maxwell Avenue and South Park Avenue because the roadway is unsafe for vehicles.
North-south traffic is asked to use the bridges at Blue Lakes Boulevard South or Victory Avenue until access can be reopened to the Shoshone Street bridge at Maxwell Avenue. Due to the extent of the damage to the waterline and roadway, repairs are expected to be completed within two to three days.
Crews are on site and making repairs to the waterline, and the public is asked to avoid the area if possible.
Rock Creek Trail Closed at Shoshone Street Bridge Due to Water Damage
The City of Twin Falls has closed the Rock Creek Trail near the Shoshone Street bridge at Maxwell Avenue because water damage from a line break has caused significant erosion to the canyon wall below the bridge. Pedestrians and cyclists should avoid the area due to the risk of falling rock and soil erosion.
When a waterline ruptured on Sunday, Feb. 14, thousands of gallons of city water flowed over the wall of the Rock Creek Canyon and around the bridge. The water flowing over the canyon wall eroded the soil and exposed loose rock above the Rock Creek Trail. While there is some erosion near the bridge, initial inspections have not shown any signs of structural damage to the bridge.
The section of trail is expected to remain closed for at least one month until crews can make the appropriate repairs to the canyon wall. The City is working to build a detour around the area of concern, but pedestrians and cyclists should avoid the area until further notice.
The rest of the Rock Creek Trail will remain open and is unaffected by the waterline break.