Wheel ruts, long cracks and broken asphalt mark several sections of Interstate 5 through Lewis County and are telltale signs the road has seen better days. However, work to repave 10 miles of the highway will help turn back the clock.
The Washington State Department of Transportation’s contractor, Lakeside Industries begins repairing and repaving damaged portions of I-5 between the Cowlitz River Bridge and the Koontz Road overpass.
Contractor crews will keep at least a single lane open while the weather-dependent work is underway; hours vary on the day of the week:
- Monday – Wednesday: 8:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.
- Thursday to Friday: 9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.
- Friday to Saturday: 10:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.
- Saturday to Sunday: 10:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.
- Sunday to Monday: 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.
A stretch of southbound I-5 near US 12 (exit 68) will need additional work. Contractor crews will excavate and repair concrete panels underneath this portion of the interstate before it can be repaved. During this phase of construction, drivers will be temporarily shifted around the work zone through narrower 11-foot lanes at a reduced speed of 60 mph.
The $6.4 million project is expected to be complete in October.
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