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Rumble strips will be back on I-5

Why did the highway department fill in the safety rumble strips to the right of I-5? They were a blessing for drowsy drivers.

— Jerry H., by email

And drowsy drivers will continue to be blessed, eventually, Jerry.

According to Gary Leaming, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation, the rumble strips along the outside edges of the freeway traffic lanes will be back.

Leaming says the rumble strips on the northbound and southbound lanes of I-5 between Ashland and Medford have been temporarily paved over "to allow for traffic shifts associated with an ongoing paving project" on that stretch of the freeway.

The lanes are being repaved between now and mid-September, and rumble strips will be reinstalled upon completion of paving operations.

As for the drowsy drivers, Jerry, we suggest more caffeine or an earlier bedtime.

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