Drivers can expect reduced speed limit and lane closures for bridge painting
WOODLAND – Drivers on northbound Interstate 5 at the North Fork Lewis River Bridge will encounter a speed limit reduction starting at 9:30 p.m. Monday, May 12 as crews begin work to repaint the aging structure.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is reducing the speed limit from 70 mph to 60 mph from just north of the East Fork Lewis River Bridge to the Woodland city limits. The reduction will be in place until crews stop work for winter weather.
Reducing the speed limit helps improve driver and worker safety while construction crews install containment tarps over the North Fork Lewis River Bridge and repaint the aging structure.
Drivers can also expect daytime single-lane closures, nighttime double-lane closures and lane shifts on the bridge during repainting activities.
This work is part of a $15 million project to clean and paint the steel on the I-5 bridges over the North Fork Lewis River to help preserve and protect the structures. The project is expected to be complete fall 2016.