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Traffic Switching Patterns in Effect on I-5 in Los Angeles

The California Department of Transportation reports the following traffic advisory:

Southbound I-5 Buena Vista Street On-Ramp Closure: The Southbound Buena Vista Street on-ramp will be closed on Friday, October 20 at 9:00 p.m. through Monday, October 23 at 6:00 a.m. A detour will be posted.

Front Street Long-Term Closure: Front Street between the Metrolink station (south of the Magnolia Boulevard Bridge) and Burbank Boulevard will be a northbound-only one-way street. For access to the Metrolink station from northbound I-5 use the Olive Avenue exit to 1st Street and cross under the freeway on Verdugo Avenue, and southbound I-5, use the Verdugo Avenue off-ramp exit.

Seismic retrofitting: Beginning in November 2017, crews will start seismic retrofit work on the I-5 bridge columns at Buena Vista Street and Winona Avenue. This work is necessary to ensure that the bridge’s existing columns are more resistant to seismic activity. Expect delays on Buena Vista Street, Winona Avenue, and the I-5 northbound and southbound off-ramps. Additional information will be provided

Be alert as you drive and pay attention to the road.


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Coming Soon: New Northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge Opens to Ramp Traffic

Contractor crews building a new northbound Interstate 5 Puyallup River Bridge in Tacoma are preparing to enter the next phase of construction that will move ramp traffic onto the bridge.

Weather permitting, as early as the weekend of Oct. 20, a new 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will open to traffic. Drivers who use this on-ramp will cross the new Puyallup River Bridge prior to merging with mainline I-5 traffic.

In addition, drivers on northbound I-5 heading to the Port of Tacoma Road (exit 136B) and East 20th Street (exit 136A) will exit the mainline before the river and cross the new Puyallup River Bridge to reach the interchange. The new off-ramp is approximately a half mile south of the current exit. Crews will implement this change during the same weekend.

“We know there will be an adjustment for drivers exiting to the Port of Tacoma Road or East 20th Street, and we appreciate their patience during this transition,” said WSDOT project manager Brenden Clarke. “Opening the new bridge to ramp traffic marks a milestone for this project.”

Once the ramp traffic is on the new bridge, crews will begin building lanes to match the new alignment of northbound I-5 leading up to the new bridge. If weather cooperates, all northbound I-5 traffic could be using the new bridge as soon as spring 2018.


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I-5 and I-10 Connectors in L.A. to Close for ‘Swarm’ Operation

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to close the Westbound I-10 (San Bernardino Freeway) connector to Southbound I-5, and the Southbound I-5 connector to Eastbound I-10 (San Bernardino Freeway) from 4 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, near downtown Los Angeles.

The eight-hour closure will enable Caltrans to conduct a “swarm” maintenance operation involving a wide variety of maintenance tasks. Multiple Caltrans crews assisted by dozens of community service workers will carry out the diverse maintenance duties simultaneously.

For safety, Caltrans will close the following connectors and ramps during the swarm operation:

Connectors:

  • Southbound I-5 connector to Eastbound I-10 (San Bernardino Freeway)
  • Westbound I-10 (San Bernardino Freeway) connector to Southbound I-5

Ramps:

  • Westbound I-10 State Street off ramp
  • Mission Road on ramp to Southbound I-5
  • Mission Road on ramp to Eastbound I-10
  • Cesar E. Chavez Avenue on ramp to Southbound I-5

Mainline freeway lanes will remain open during the swarm operation.

Caltrans anticipates 100 or more workers will repair pot holes, sweep the roadway, remove litter and graffiti, replace signs, trim trees, clear weeds, repair guardrail and irrigation, re-stripe the
roadway, re-lamp overhead lights, install new ramp meters, inspect and clean drains and culverts, and complete other maintenance needs.

Caltrans reminds drivers to “Be Work Zone Alert” and “Slow for the Cone Zone.”


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Ramp Closures for I-5 Construction in Oregon Continue Through October 8

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that intermittent night closures of the Interstate 5 on and off ramps at exit 308 on Hayden Island will continue through Sunday October 8.

Closures are necessary for pavement repairs.

Here are details.

  • The I-5 southbound exit 308 off-ramp at Jantzen Beach will see intermittent closures Sunday through Thursday nights, 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., and Friday and Saturday nights, 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Estimated project completion is Oct. 8.
  • The I-5 northbound exit 308 on and off-ramps at Jantzen Beach will see intermittent closures 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights, and 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Estimated project completion is Oct. 8.

Signed detours will be in place for authorized vehicles only, otherwise, motor carriers hauling loads need to avoid using these ramps during the restricted times.

Road restriction/dates may change due to weather or other unforeseen delays.


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I-5 Construction for 2017 in Tukwila Wrapping Up

The start of fall typically means highway construction projects begin wrapping up for the winter. That includes I-5 construction work south of Seattle, with just two remaining weekend-long lane closures on northbound Interstate 5 in Tukwila.

The interstate will be reduced to two lanes north of the I-5/I-405/State Route 518 interchange from Friday, September 29, to Monday, October 2, and Friday, October 13, to Monday, October16. Drivers need to plan for lane closures starting at 8:00 p.m. each Friday, with all lanes reopened by 5:00 a.m. each Monday. The work is weather dependent.

During the weekend of September 29 to October 2, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will replace expansion joints in the left lanes of northbound I-5 at the Duwamish River. People driving should plan ahead for the following:

The northbound I-5 HOV bypass lane will be closed. The on-ramp from eastbound SR 518 to northbound I-5 will remain open, but drivers will need to merge right almost immediately. Both lanes exiting to SR 599 will remain open, providing an alternative route into Seattle.


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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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