On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, an over height load was traveling southbound on I-5 when it struck and damaged the SR 506/Toledo-Vader Road overpass that spans over the interstate. Following the bridge strike, WSDOT bridge inspectors determined that the damage was extensive and they closed the overpass for the safety of the traveling public. That closure has remained in effect, pending approved funding to replace the damaged bridge span.
In summer 2022, SB Structures, LLC., will begin work to replace the damaged southbound span of the SR 506/Toledo-Vader Road overpass, restoring this vital connection between the east and west side of the overpass.
What to expect
Contractor crews will fully close I-5 during demolition of the damaged southbound span of SR 506 and during bridge girder setting. Travelers along both directions of I-5 may also encounter intermittent single lane closures for overhead work on the SR 506/Toledo-Vader Road overpass.
I-5 closure for the demolition and bridge girder setting for the southbound span of SR 506
When contractor crews fully close one or both directions of I-5 at Exit 60, they will detour nighttime travelers to use the on- and off-ramps at the SR 506/Toledo-Vader Road overpass, to bypass the interstate closure and reduce traffic backups.
Additional overnight closures are needed as work continues to replace the damaged overpass. WSDOT will announce the dates of the overnight closures planned once they are confirmed. Doing this work at night when traffic volumes are lower, reduces travel delays.
On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, an truck carrying an over height load was traveling southbound on I-5 when it struck and damaged the SR 506/Toledo-Vader Road overpass that spans over I-5 at Exit 60. Since that time, for the safety of the traveling public, the overpass has remained fully closed.