Construction to replace the bridge spanning Interstate 5 at exit 19 at the north end of Ashland starts Monday.

Construction to replace the bridge spanning Interstate 5 at exit 19 at the north end of Ashland starts Monday.

The $15.8 million project will build a new, wider structure just to the north of the existing bridge, Oregon Department of Transportation officials said in a news release. The new bridge will have two 12-foot travel lanes and a 16-foot center turn lane, as well as 10-foot shared shoulders for bicycles and pedestrians.

Officials said most work will be done at night, but drivers should watch out of flaggers and single-lane traffic on South Valley View Road during the initial stage of construction. The first stage of construction involves widening freeway-access ramps and South Valley View Road.

Oregon State Bridge Construction Inc. of Aumsville is the lead contractor on the project. The project is funded through the Oregon Transportation Investment Act, and is part of a program to repair and replace hundreds of bridges across the state to ensure the unrestricted movement of freight and spur economic growth.

For more information about the project, see www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION3/ashland_exit_14_19_index.shtml.

— Anita Burke