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Long Term Closures for I-5 Construction in California

The Claifornia Department of Transportation reports the following long term closures associated with the construction project on I-5 between Mt. Shasta and Dunsmuir.

The Dunsmuir Grade Project will repave with concrete a stretch of Interstate 5 beginning north of Mott Rd and ending just north of Lassen Lane, for approximately 5 miles. This is a complex project and one that requires diverting traffic.

Critical construction is taking place from Monday, July 9th through the end of August 2018, and for that purpose, the following traffic conditions are in place:

  • Dunsmuir to Mt. Shasta – Northbound traffic is reduced to one lane from just south of SR 89 to just north of Lassen Lane, and the lane adjacent to the median is closed.
  • Mt. Shasta to Dunsmuir – Southbound traffic has been switched via a crossover to the closed lane adjacent to the median.
  • Traffic from SR 89 going North may proceed to I-5 North via the onramp. This access is open.
  • Traffic from SR 89 going South please note the ramp is closed. To access I-5 South motorists may first proceed to I-5 North via the onramp, take the Lake St. Exit and then return to I-5 South.
  • Concurrently with the above traffic conditions, crews will be dismantling sections of Interstate 5 southbound.

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Trucking Advisory: Delays Possible on Southbound I-5 at Woodburn Port of Entry

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that motor carriers southbound on Interstate 5 may experience delays at the ODOT port of entry at Woodburn for the next few weeks.

Weigh-in-motion scales have malfunctioned, requiring most trucks to enter the weigh station causing occasional traffic backups at the scale. Trucks that normally pass the station using the Green Light Preclearance Program may be required to pull into the station. ODOT will close the weigh station when necessary to prevent traffic backups onto the freeway.

All drivers need to be aware of potential slowdowns when approaching the Woodburn facility.

ODOT has estimated the needed repair may not come until early to mid-August, so they appreciate your patience as they work on a solution and keep traffic moving.


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Expect Delays, I-5 Northbound to Close All Weekend in Seattle

The second of two full weekend closures of northbound Interstate 5 at the West Seattle Bridge is quickly approaching, which means people to need to plan ahead and avoid the highway again this weekend, July 14-15.

Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews will begin closing lanes on northbound I-5 at 8 p.m. Friday, July 13. This weather-dependent closure will give them room to safely replace expansion joints and repave the roadway as part of the Revive I-5 project. The work will wrap up by 5 a.m. Monday, July 16.

During the first full weekend closure, June 2-3, backups on northbound I-5 were minimal because drivers avoided the highway and used alternatives to get into Seattle.

Lane closure details
Crews will begin reducing northbound I-5 traffic to two lanes at the I-405/SR 518 interchange near Southcenter in order to replace half of an expansion joint on the Duwamish River Bridge. Expect lane reductions to continue all the way up to the West Seattle Bridge/Columbian Way/Spokane Street ramp, where all traffic must exit.

West Seattle and Beacon Hill
Those coming from West Seattle or Beacon Hill will be able to enter northbound I-5 from the West Seattle Bridge/Columbian Way/Spokane Street on-ramp to head into downtown Seattle. This traffic will shift onto the northbound I-5 collector distributor, where drivers can exit to I-90, James or Madison streets, or continue through to rejoin the northbound I-5 mainline. All lanes will reopen near Olive Way.

Ramp closure details

7 p.m. Friday, July 13 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 16:

  • The southbound I-405 HOV on-ramp to northbound I-5.
  • The Interurban Avenue on-ramp to northbound I-5.

9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday:

  • The MLK Junior Way/SR 900 on-ramp to northbound I-5.
  • The Boeing Access Road on-ramp to northbound I-5.
  • The northbound I-5 mainline off-ramp to the express lanes.
  • The northbound I-5 off-ramp to Edgar Martinez Drive.
  • The northbound I-5 off-ramp to Seneca Street.
  • The University Street on-ramp to northbound I-5.

10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday:

  • The Swift Avenue/Albro Place on-ramp to northbound I-5.

10:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday:

  • The Southcenter Boulevard on-ramp to northbound I-5.
  • The Michigan Street/Corson Avenue on-ramp to northbound I-5.

11:59 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday:

  • The southbound I-405 general-purpose off-ramp to northbound I-5.

All northbound I-5 off-ramps between the I-405/SR 518 interchange and the West Seattle Bridge will remain open all weekend.

Southbound I-5 work Sunday morning
In addition to the northbound Revive I-5 work, WSDOT maintenance crews will reduce southbound I-5 traffic to two lanes across the Ship Canal Bridge between the University District and SR 520 from 2 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 15, to repair parts of the aging bridge deck. The Northeast 45th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will also close during this time.

Closures will affect the entire region
The full closure of northbound I-5 means there will be heavy traffic on all highways and roads around the region. Travelers should expect long backups on northbound I-405, State Routes 99, 509 and 599, as well as on city streets. To limit congestion, people should:

  • Use transit, particularly light rail.
  • Postpone discretionary trips. Fewer trips means fewer cars and less backup.
  • Travel before 8 a.m., when traffic volume picks up, or after 8 p.m., when it decreases.
  • Know before you go.

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Holiday Drivers Beware: Terrible Tuesday

INRIX, in collaboration with the American Automobile Association, predicts drivers will experience the worst congestion over the holiday week on Tuesday, July 3 in the late afternoon – as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Travel times could increase two-fold in the major metros across the U.S., with drivers in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. experiencing the most significant delays.

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AAA: Nearly 47 Million Americans Will Set New Independence Day Holiday Travel Record

A record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day holiday, an increase of more than 5 percent compared with last year and the highest number since AAA started tracking 18 years ago. For the 39.7 million Americans planning a Fourth of July road trip, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predicts travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. could be twice as long than the normal trip, with Tuesday being the busiest day.

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Bridge Repairs Begin on I-5 in Oregon. Expect Delays

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that repairs begin next week on two Interstate 5 bridges that span Crowson Road south of Ashland. The work requires reducing I-5 traffic to a single lane in each direction.

The $2.5 million rehabilitation project will occur during daylight hours. The work requires a traffic crossover, allowing prime contractor Carter and Company to close one bridge while working on the other. The contractor will set signs, build crossovers and eventually pour new concrete decks on the twin bridges located near the Siskiyou Summit chain up area (milepost 13).

The bridges were part of the original I-5 construction project and date back to the mid-1960s. The decks are old and in poor shape with concrete spalling.

Hydroblasting will remove poor concrete. Hydroblasting utilizes high-pressure water to remove deteriorated concrete, providing an excellent bonding surface for repair material and new coating applications. Unlike jackhammers, hydroblasting does not produce vibrations throughout a structure and therefore does not introduce micro fractures.

During the hydroblasting, Crowson Road will be under flagger control.

This bridge repair work will continue through the end of September.


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I-5 Ramp in Oregon Closed Thru June 11

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that the Bertha Boulevard on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 will be closed the weekend of June 8-11 for maintenance.

The ramp will close at 9:00 p.m. Friday June 8 and re-open no later than 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 11.

Travelers should find an alternate ramp to northbound I-5.


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Plan Additional Travel Time for I-5 Construction in Washington

Late night and early morning drivers who travel on Interstate 5 in Lacey are encouraged to plan additional time to their trips. Starting as soon as Monday, June 18, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin a project to replace aging and worn I-5 bridge expansion joints at Martin Way.

Night work

  • Night single-lane closures will begin as early as 9 p.m. in both directions of I-5.
  • All lanes will reopen no later than 5:30 a.m. weekdays.
  • All work is weather-dependent.
  • The project is expected to be complete by mid-summer.

Expansion joints are a critical component for bridges. They allow sections of a bridge to expand and contract with changing temperatures and traffic loads. The expansion joints on these bridges are decades old.

This work is similar to a previous WSDOT project that replaced aging bridge expansion joints at Pacific Avenue in Olympia last summer.


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Most Visited Memorial Day Travel Destinations for 2018

You may be a little surprised to find what this year’s most-visited Memorial Day destinations are.

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend.

So let’s begin. Here’s this year’s list of the most-visited Memorial Day destinations in the U.S., based on AAA advance travel bookings…

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AAA Lists Worst Times to Hit the Road This Memorial Day Weekend

For the 36.6 million Americans traveling by automobile, INRIX, in collaboration with the American Automobile Association (AAA), predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Several major U.S. metros could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip, while New Yorkers could see three times the delay.

“Ranked the most congested country in the world, U.S. drivers are all too familiar with sitting in traffic,” said Graham Cookson, Chief Economist and Head of Research, INRIX. “Drivers should expect congestion across a greater number of days than in previous years, with the getaway period starting on Wednesday, May 23. Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak commute times in major cities altogether – traveling late morning or early afternoon – or plan alternative routes.”

Worst Days/Times to Travel for Select Cities…


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