State Route 9 in Idaho
State Route 9 or SH-9 is a state route in the U.S. state of Idaho. The road forms a short north-south route between Deary and Harvard in the western part of the state and is 22 kilometers long.
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State Route 9 connects State Route 8 at Deary and State Route 6 at Harvard. There are no other places on the route. The road runs through an area of mountains, although the road itself has few elevation changes and is mostly around 850 meters above sea level. In the vicinity are mountains up to approximately 1,500 meters.
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Historically, US 95 to the west has been the primary north-south route of this region, making State Route 9 of little importance.
The original State Route 9 is today’s US 12 between Lewiston and the Lolo Pass. This route was already numbered State Route 9 in 1916, although construction of the road did not start until 1920 and spanned more than 40 years and was completed in 1962. After that, the number was assigned to today’s State Route 9, which was paved in the period afterwards, it was one of the last state highways in Idaho to be asphalted.
Every day, 800 to 1,000 vehicles use State Route 9.
State Route 11 in Idaho
State Route 11 or SH-11 is a state route in the U.S. state of Idaho. The road forms an east-west route in central Idaho, from Greer to Headquarters. The road is 68 kilometers long.
State Route 11 begins in the village of Greer in the Clearwater River valley at 320 meters above sea level. One crosses the US 12 here . Immediately follow a series of hairpin bends with which one ascends to a plateau located at an altitude of 950 meters. The road then leads through flatter terrain to Weippe, where the road branches off to the northeast. On the route from Weippe to Pierce, the afforestation increases gradually. The road then heads north and ends at Headquarters, the last village on a very long route through the mountains to the border with Montana, which is formed by forest service roads.
Little is known about the history of State Route 11. It may have been previously planned as a connection to Superior, Montana. This route crosses the 1,828-foot Hoodoo Pass on the Continental Divide and the Idaho-Montana border. This route takes you over 200 kilometers through wilderness, with no side roads or villages on the route.
The village of Headquarters was founded in 1906 as a forest fire watch. The Camas Prairie Railroad is also built to Potlatch Corporation’s Paper Industry Headquarters. The road was probably built at that time.
Every day 1,000 vehicles travel between Greer and Weippe, 600 vehicles to Pierce and 250 vehicles to Headquarters.
State Route 13 in Idaho
State Route 13 or SH-13 is a state route in the U.S. state of Idaho. The road forms a north-south route in the west of the state, between Grangeville and Kooskia. State Route 13 is 42 kilometers long.
State Route 13 begins in Grangeville on US 95, which is also the largest town on the route and in the area. The road first leads at an altitude of 1,000 meters over a plain, the most southeastern part of the Palouse region. Then you descend into a deep valley and the road leads north as a winding route through wild landscape. The road follows the South Fork of the Clearwater River northwards, descending to less than 400 meters above sea level. The road ends at Kooskia on US 12.
State Route 13 is one of the more important state highways in Idaho, serving as a link between US 95 and US 12. It is part of the fastest route from Boise to Missoula and therefore has some importance for through traffic. It is also a tourist route.
Every day, 1,200 to 1,600 vehicles use the southern part, increasing to about 4,000 vehicles at Kooskia.
State Route 14 in Idaho
State Route 14 or SH-14 is a state route in the U.S. state of Idaho. The road connects to the remote town of Elk City in the west of the state. State Route 14 is 80 kilometers long.
State Route 14 turns off State Route 13 well east of Grangeville. The road then follows the long and winding canyon of the South Fork of the Clearwater River. The road leads through remote wilderness, there are no side roads or places on the route until the end point. The road rises quite gradually to an altitude of 1,200 meters. Nearby are mountain ranges with peaks between 2,000 and 2,500 meters. The road ends in Elk City.
Elk City was founded in 1861 during a gold rush. The population reached 276 in 1880, then fell to 150 in 1930, and then grew to 670 in 1990. After that, the village started to shrink again.
Today, the road is mainly of tourist interest. State Route 14 is the only road into Elk City, and there are no roads beyond it.
About 300 vehicles use State Route 14 every day.