The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that as early as May 18, travelers should plan for lane closures on northbound and southbound Interstate 5 for a big environmental improvement project in California Creek, north of Ferndale.
To improve fish passage, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will start by building a bypass in the median of I-5 between State Route 548/Grandview Road and Birch Bay-Lynden Road. This will require occasional daytime or nighttime lane reductions on I-5.
Following that work, major lane reductions and closures are planned, including:
- Southbound I-5 reduced to one lane for six days in early June.
- Northbound I-5 reduced to one lane for six days in late June.
- Zell Road just north of Willeys Lake Road closed for nine days in July.
- The intersection of SR 548/Grandview Road and Portal Way closed for five days in August.
Travelers should plan ahead
This project has four work zones and crews will only work on one site at a time.
- When northbound or southbound I-5 is reduced to one lane, the speed limit in that direction will be lowered for the safety of the people working on the highway and the traveling public.
- Portal Way will be open for local traffic only between Brown Road and Birch Bay-Lynden Road.
- Zell Road will be local access only between Custer Schoolhouse Road and Willeys Lake Road.
Signed detours will be in place.
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