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Resurfacing work on I-5 in Cowlitz and Clark counties begins Monday, June 4

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 14:23

Tamara Greenwell, communications, 360-905-2056
Joanna Lowrey, project engineer, 360-442-1350 

Lane closures and reduced speeds will continue throughout the summer

KELSO – People traveling on Interstate 5 between Kelso and Woodland this summer should plan for possible delays due to paving and bridge preservation work.

Beginning Monday, June 4, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s contractor, Lakeside Industries, will repair large sections of the interstate, requiring some daytime and nighttime lane closures.

Cracks and ruts are signs I-5 has seen better days," said WSDOT Project Engineer Joanna Lowrey. "We’re doing this work now to preserve the highway and provide a smoother ride for the nearly 70,000 drivers who travel this section of interstate each day."

Project details

  • Sections of I-5 in both directions will be paved between Lexington Bridge Drive in Kelso and the East Fork Lewis River Bridge south of Woodland.  
  • Northbound and southbound I-5 on- and off-ramps to Todd Road, Kalama River Road and North Kelso Avenue in Cowlitz County will be paved, as well as sections of the highway between the ramps. The northbound I-5 on- and off-ramps to Lexington Bridge Drive will also be paved.  
  • A new high-strength, waterproof layer and pavement will be installed on the I-5 Todd Road overpass and the I-5 Kalama River Bridge.
  • Worn bridge joints on the I-5 East Fork Lewis River Bridge south of Woodland in Clark County will be replaced.

Closure details

  • One lane in either direction of the interstate closed during the day, in sections between Lexington Bridge Drive in Kelso and the East Fork Lewis River Bridge south of Woodland; up to two lanes closed at night. 
  • Nighttime closures of the northbound and southbound I-5 on- and off-ramps at Todd Road, Kalama River Road and North Kelso Avenue.
  • Nighttime closures of the northbound I-5 on- and off-ramps to Lexington Bridge Drive.

The speed limit will be reduced in the area until all the work is completed. Travelers should use caution and slow down through the work zone. This $13.3 million project is scheduled for completion in early fall. The work is weather dependent.

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