Oregon’s I-5 Interstate Bridge Project Will Now Begin September 19

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The Oregon Department of Transportation has rescheduled the start of the I-5 Interstate Bridge Trunnion Replacement Project for September 19 following its postponement because of wildfires.

The northbound span had been set to close at 12:01 a.m. Saturday to replace major components of the lift mechanism on the 1917 span. The project will keep the northbound structure closed for nine days.

On Thursday evening, ODOT postponed the work to help keep the roads as clear as possible for wildfire evacuees and emergency responders.

On Friday, after consultation with WSDOT, the construction team, the U.S. Coast Guard and other stakeholders, ODOT announced it would begin the closure one week late with closure of the northbound span beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 19. The schedule could change depending on conditions.

“This project needs to get done within the window of our Coast Guard permit and while the river level remains low,” said Rian Windsheimer, ODOT manager for the Portland area. “It’s time to get prepared for this closure and make a plan to avoid the expected congestion.”

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