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Expect Long Delays for I-5 Construction in Olympia Area

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that crews will pave northbound I-5 between Maytown and Lacey, and southbound I-5 between Tumwater and Maytown. Crews will also rebuild the northbound I-5 Pacific Avenue bridge approach slabs and repair expansion joints.

This work will occur between mileposts 95.6 to 99.1 and 102.5 to 109.2

Drivers who use northbound I-5 near Pacific Avenue in Olympia can expect long delays. Drivers can also expect back ups on the southbound US 101 on-ramp to northbound I-5.

In order to complete the work, northbound lanes will reduce around the clock from: 10 p.m. Friday, July 28 through 5 a.m. Monday, July 31

Olympia area drivers who use northbound I-5 during overnight hours may want to plan extra time. Drivers may encounter night lane closures.

Driver tips
Travelers who use northbound I-5 in Olympia are encouraged to consider the following:

  • Choose an alternative travel mode such as car or vanpooling, public transportation, walking or cycling.
  • Drivers heading to Olympia or Lacey may want to consider exiting early and using surface streets to reach their destinations.
  • Allow plenty of extra time and expect additional congestion.
  • Use northbound I-5 early in the morning or late at night.
  • Delay or reschedule discretionary trips.

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Lane, Ramp Closures, Detours for I-5 Construction in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports the following update to traffic impacts as a result of I-5 construction and maintenance operations:

  • Exit 256 ramp to Market St (Salem) Effective July 30, 2017, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 256 to Market St will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 4, 2017.
  • MP 256 to MP 258 NB & SB (Salem) Effective June 19, 2017, this section I-5 will be restricted to 20 feet 00 in. in width between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 15, 2017.
  • NB on ramp from Market St (Salem) Effective July 30, 2017, the ramp from Market St to I-5 northbound will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 4, 2017.
  • MP 270.50 to MP 283.01 NB & SB (Woodburn to Wilsonville) Effective July 5, 2017, this section of I-5 will be restricted to 15 feet 00 in. in width on Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 29, 2017.
  • MP 270.50 to MP 283.01 NB & SB (Woodburn to Wilsonville) Effective July 5, 2017, this section of I-5 will be restricted to 17 feet 01 in. in height southbound, and 16 feet 09 in. in height northbound, on Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 29, 2017.
  • MP 271.5 to 283. Estimated delay of 20 minutes – 2 hours; Construction Work. Lanes Affected: (Northbound) 2 Lanes
    Road construction is occurring, use caution. Replace the existing pavement between the Willamette River (Boone) Bridge and Woodburn Interchange. The project includes grinding the existing pavement and inlaying the new pavement. Reinstalling durable striping, inlaid pavement markers, and shoulder rumble strips. Lane closures will take place in the evenings, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday thru Thursday nights. Rolling slow downs between 3am to 5am with traffic slowed to approximately 20mph. Expect traffic delays up to 20 minutes. Estimated completion: 10/2017
  • NB on and off-ramps to/from French Prairie Rest Area (south of Wilsonville) Effective July 18, 2017, the I-5 northbound on- and off-ramps to/from French Prairie Rest Area will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 30, 2017.
  • SB on and off-ramps to/from French Prairie Rest Area (south of Wilsonville) Effective July 23, 2017, the I-5 southbound on- and off-ramps to/from French Prairie Rest Area will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 30, 2017.
  • SB on-ramp from Charbonneau District (south of Wilsonville) Effective July 30, 2017, the ramp from Charbonneau District to I-5 southbound will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 30, 2017.
  • I-5 NB Exit 282 ramp to Canby (south of Wilsonville) Effective July 30, 2017, the ramp from I-5 northbound Exit 282 to Canby will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 30, 2017.
  • MP 282.64 to 271. Estimated delay under 20 minutes. Road construction is occurring, use caution. Replace the existing pavement between the Willamette River (Boone) Bridge and Woodburn Interchange. The project includes grinding the existing pavement and inlaying the new pavement. Reinstalling durable striping, inlaid pavement markers, and shoulder rumble strips. Lane closures will take place in the evenings, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday thru Thursday nights. Rolling slow downs between 3am to 5am with traffic slowed to approximately 20mph. Expect traffic delays up to 20 minutes. Estimated completion: 10/2017
  • I-5 SB Exit 282B ramp to Charbonneau District (south of Wilsonville) Effective July 30, 2017, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 282B to Charbonneau District will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 30, 2017.
  • I-5 NB Exit 289 off-ramp to Nyberg Rd (Tualatin) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from I-5 northbound Exit 289 to Nyberg Rd will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • NB on-ramp from Nyberg Rd EB (Tualatin) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from Nyberg Rd eastbound to I-5 northbound will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • MP 291.29. Carman Dr crossing over I-5 (Tualatin) Effective August 7, 2017, Carman Dr crossing over I-5 will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. This closure is NOT on the I-5 mainline. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • MP 293.62. NB Truck Ramp (Portland) Effective August 6, 2017, the I-5 northbound Truck Ramp will be intermittently closed between the hours of 7 PM & 9 AM. All traffic will be directed to stay on the I-5 mainline. Estimated date of completion is August 15, 2017.
  • MP 294.23 to MP 293.80 SB (Portland) Effective August 8, 2017, this section of I-5 southbound will be restricted to 13 feet 00 in. in width, per the following schedule: Sunday to Friday nights between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM; Saturday nights between the hours of 9 PM & 8 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 15, 2017.
  • SB Exit 294 ramp to OR99W (Portland) Effective August 8, 2017, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 294 to OR99W will be intermittently closed between the hours of 7 PM & 9 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 15, 2017.
  • NB on-ramp from Barbur Blvd (near Exit 294 – Portland) Effective August 6, 2017, the ramp from Barbur Blvd to I-5 northbound near Exit 294 will be intermittently closed between the hours of 7 PM & 9 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 15, 2017.
  • NB Exit 297 ramp to Terwilliger Blvd (Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from I-5 northbound Exit 297 to Terwilliger Blvd will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • NB on-ramp from Barbur Blvd (near Exit 297 – Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from Barbur Blvd to I-5 northbound near Exit 297 will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • MP 300.26 to MP 300.36 NB (Marquam Bridge – Portland) Effective August 13, 2017, this section of I-5 northbound will be closed between the hours of 4 AM & 11 AM for one day only.
  • MP 300.5 to 302. Estimated delay under 20 minutes. Periodic nighttime lane and ramp closures. Periodic closures on I-5 in both directions (Broadway/Weidler to Burnside undercrossing) Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. (until 8 a.m. Saturday). Morrison Bridge ramp to I-84 east/I-5 closed for Multnomah County work.
  • MP 301 to MP 302 NB & SB (Portland) Effective June 8, 2017, this section of I-5 will be restricted to 14 feet 06 in. in height southbound, and 16 feet 01 in. in height northbound, between the hours of 10 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is October 27, 2017.
  • MP 301 to MP 302 NB & SB (Portland) Effective June 8, 2017, this section of I-5 will be restricted to 14 feet 00 in. in width between the hours of 10 PM & 5 AM. Mobile homes with eaves are allowed, provided the base width does not exceed 14 feet 00 in. in width. Estimated date of completion is October 27, 2017.
  • NB on-ramp from the Morrison Bridge (Portland) Effective June 8, 2017, the ramp from the Morrison Bridge to I-5 northbound will be intermittently closed per the following schedule: Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of 10 PM & 5 AM; Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 11 PM & 8 AM. Estimated date of completion is October 27, 2017.
  • SB Exit 300B ramp to OR99E/Oregon City/OMSI (Portland) Effective June 8, 2017, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 300B to OR99E/Oregon City/OMSI will be intermittently closed per the following schedule: Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of 10 PM & 5 AM; Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 11 PM & 8 AM. Estimated date of completion is October 27, 2017.
  • SB Exit 300B to the Morrison Bridge (Portland) Effective August 13, 2017, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 300B to the Morrison Bridge will be closed between the hours of 4 AM & 12 noon for one day only.
  • SB on-ramp from Wheeler St (Portland) Effective June 8, 2017, the ramp from Wheeler St to I-5 southbound will be intermittently closed per the following schedule: Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of 10 PM & 5 AM; Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 11 PM & 8 AM. Estimated date of completion is October 27, 2017.
  • NB Exit 302C ramp to Greeley Ave/Swan Island (Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from I-5 northbound Exit 302C to Greeley Ave/Swan Island will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • MP 306.6 to MP 307.6 NB (Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, this section of I-5 northbound will be restricted to 14 feet 00 in. in width between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • MP 306.6 to MP 307.6 NB (Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, this section of I-5 northbound will be restricted to 18 feet 04 in. in height between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • NB Exit 307 ramp to OR99E (Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from I-5 northbound Exit 307 to OR99E will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.

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AAA: This Independence Day will be Historic, More Americans to Travel than Ever Before

This Independence Day, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways to honor the red, white and blue. With 1.25 million more travelers than last year, 2017 will be marked as the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever.

“Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence bode well for the travel industry, in particular this Independence Day weekend,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “A historic 44.2 million Americans will travel to celebrate our nation’s freedom this year, adding to an already bustling summer travel season.”

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Expect Delays. Five Straight Weekends of I-5 Lane Restrictions in SeaTac

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports five straight weekends of northbound I-5 lane reductions in SeaTac have begun.

I-5 travelers should expect backups and delays on northbound Interstate 5 through SeaTac and Kent each of the next five weekends.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation have reduced northbound I-5 to two lanes during the first of five consecutive weekends. During the lane closures, crews will repave northbound I-5 between State Route 516 and the Southcenter area. Similar work during the weekend of June 3-4 resulted in backups of up to 6 miles.

“Drivers need to use alternatives, or be prepared for long delays,” said WSDOT Traffic Engineer Mike Swires. “We’ve already seen up to hour-long delays during the weekend in this area for this project. Travelers should use transit, take alternate routes, or delay or postpone their trips on northbound I-5 in the Kent-SeaTac area.”

Crews will also close the SR 516 on-ramps to northbound I-5 and the South 200th Street on- and off-ramps throughout the weekend. Drivers need to watch for construction vehicles entering and exiting the work zone in the left lanes.

All work is weather-dependent. If the weather holds, WSDOT expects to finish the work during the July 14–17 lane reductions.


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Weekend Night Closures on I-5 in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports the following I-5 construction travel advisory for this weekend:

  • The ramp from northbound Interstate 5 to northbound OR 217 will be closed Friday and Saturday nights, June 9 and 10, for maintenance.The closures will begin each night at 9 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. the next morning.

 


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California I-5 Construction Advisory

The California Department of Transportation reports the following I-5 construction work, from SR-134 to Magnolia Boulevard in the Los Angeles area. Work will occur during daytime hours unless otherwise noted.

  • Buena Vista/Winona Undercrossing: Crews are building concrete walls between abutments (the end of the bridge).
  • Northbound San Fernando Boulevard between Empire Avenue and Northbound I-5 on-ramp: Crews are installing temporary barrier and clearing slopes.
  • Victory Place Separation: Crews are backfilling abutment walls, removing shoring, and constructing the bridge’s soffit and stem walls.
  • Northbound I-5 between Buena Vista Street and Cohasset Street: Crews are constructing retaining walls and removing trees and other vegetation along San Fernando Boulevard.
  • Southbound I-5 at Buena Vista Street: Crews are constructing approach slabs and concrete barrier.
  • Southbound I-5 between Buena Vista Street and Burbank Boulevard: Crews are placing lean concrete base and pavement.

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2017 Memorial Day Weekend Travel Highest Since 2005

The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.

“The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “Higher confidence has led to more consumer spending, and many Americans are choosing to allocate their extra money on travel this Memorial Day.”

The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 25 to Monday, May 29.

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5 Essential Tips for Memorial Day Weekend Road Warriors

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that means the unofficial start to summer! As Americans prepare for long-weekend getaways, trips to the beach and family picnics, they’ll also be faced with what’s predicted to be one of the busiest Memorial Day Weekends on record. Relatively low gas prices means the roads will be extra crowded.

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Closures and Detours for I-5 Construction in Portland

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that the second of four full weekend closures of Interstate 5 in one direction between the Marquam Bridge and North Broadway will take place in the southbound direction from midnight Friday night, April 21 until as late as 4:30 a.m. Monday, April 24. The Morrison Bridge will be closed for the same period. Travelers should make plans now to avoid delays on detour routes.

During the I-5 southbound closure, travelers will be diverted to I-405 southbound to reach I-5 south of downtown. A lane of I-5 south will be open for travelers to access I-84 east. Travelers heading in from Washington State could consider using Interstate 205 to avoid congestion in the central city. Travelers should consider using other routes, including surface streets, or taking transit, depending on their travel plans.

The onramp to I-84 east from the Moda Center will be open for fans departing the Blazer playoff game on Saturday, April 22.

The remaining weekend closures of Interstate 5 will take place from 10 p.m. Friday to 4:30 a.m. Monday on the following weekends:

  • Friday, May 5 to Monday, May 8 (northbound)
  • Friday, May 12 to Monday, May 15 (northbound)

Closing I-5 will allow contractor Hamilton Construction to perform concrete repairs underneath the Burnside Bridge, which spans lanes of the freeway. Areas of the concrete are degraded and at risk of falling on the freeway. This work is part of Multnomah County’s Burnside Bridge Maintenance project. The closures will also allow ODOT crews to do work on the closed section of freeway, including paving, survey, electrical, inspection and seismic work.

The Morrison Bridge closure is for a separate Multnomah County project that is replacing the deck on the lift span.


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Northbound I-5 Construction Work Begins in Washington

After 50 years as the region’s main north-south route, Interstate 5 is about to get a much-needed facelift between Kent and Seattle. The Washington State Department of Transportation has started one of its most ambitious interstate restoration projects, renewing nearly 22 miles of northbound I-5 in the next three years.

More than 200,000 vehicles use the interstate daily – that’s 73 million families, commuters and freight carriers each year that rely on I-5. After five decades of use expansion joints are wearing out, concrete panels are broken and other sections of the highway have deep ruts.

“We’ve been maintaining I-5 for more than 50 years, but it’s time for major preservation work so the interstate can continue to serve our region for decades to come,” said WSDOT Northwest Regional Administrator Lorena Eng.

The work is actually two separate projects. The first started Monday, April 17, in south King County, contractor crews working for WSDOT will restore northbound I-5 between South 260th Street in Kent and the Duwamish River in Tukwila.

Later this year, contractor crews will start work on northbound I-5 between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Northeast Ravenna Boulevard in Seattle.

Most of the work will take place at night, but drivers can expect weekend-long lane closures on northbound I-5 for as many as 26 weekends. Much of that weekend work will take place during the next two to three summers. Dates have yet to be scheduled.

The work is scheduled be complete in 2019.

PROJECT DETAILS

South 260th Street to Duwamish River

Contractor crews from Gary Merlino Construction will complete northbound I-5 work similar to what has been done on southbound I-5 between the Duwamish River and Federal Way. To finish 8.9 miles of northbound rehabilitation by fall 2018, they will:

  • Replace eight expansion joints – four at Interurban Avenue and four on the Duwamish River Bridge
  • Repave four miles of all lanes between South 216th Street in SeaTac and South 178th Street in Tukwila
  • Replace about 440 broken concrete panels
  • Grind concrete sections to eliminate ruts

This I-5 construction project will reduce northbound I-5 to two lanes on 10 weekends – four to replace the expansion joints and six to repave between South 216th and South 178th streets.

Martin Luther King Jr. Way to Northeast Ravenna Boulevard

Much of this 13-mile section of northbound I-5 is elevated freeway, with expansion joints connecting concrete highway sections. By late 2019, contractor crews will:

  • Replace 37 expansion joints
  • Replace all concrete panels from near the West Seattle Bridge to near the express lanes ramp, except for bridges
  • Replace hundreds of broken concrete panels
  • Grind concrete sections to remove ruts
  • Replace four bridge approach slabs on three bridges
  • Repave 24 on- and off-ramps

During 2017, work on this I-5 construction project will take place at night. In 2018 to 2019, contractor crews also will work at night, but could require up to 16 weekends of northbound I-5 lane closures.


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