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I-5 paving between Kalama and Woodland starts May 21

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Date:  Friday, May 18, 2012

Contact: Denys Tak, WSDOT project engineer, 800-545-1393 (toll-free)
Heidi Sause, WSDOT communications, 360-600-7824 (Vancouver)

WOODLAND – Nothing says spring quite like orange construction barrels. Starting Monday, May 21, Cowlitz County drivers will see this tell-tale sign of construction on eight miles of Interstate 5 between the East Fork Lewis River Bridge and Todd Road, and on State Route 503 in downtown Woodland.

Contractor crews with the Washington State Department of Transportation will hit the road next week to complete a project that replaces aging pavement and guardrail on I-5 and SR 503, and upgrades sidewalk ramps in Woodland.

“We started this project last summer and did about 60 percent of the work before having to shut down for the winter,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Denys Tak. “We have a lot of work to finish on the interstate this summer. But once we’re done, it will be a much smoother drive.”

Starting next week, drivers should expect daytime single-lane closures and nighttime double-lane closures for paving work on both directions of I-5. In addition to paving, crews will replace aging expansion joints on the southbound interstate bridge over Dike Road.

Drivers should expect nighttime lane closures on SR 503, also known as Lewis River Road, in early June while crews grind out old pavement and lay fresh asphalt through downtown Woodland.

This $5.9 million project is funded through federal highway improvement dollars and scheduled for completion this fall.

Stay up-to-date on construction-related traffic impacts by visiting WSDOT’s Travel Alerts and Southwest Region Construction Update web pages.

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