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Expect I-5 delays south of Ashland

Southbound Interstate 5 is down to a single lane through mid-October for construction near Ashland, and drivers in both directions can expect slow-moving traffic in the two-mile work zone between mileposts 9 and 11, especially during heavy travel days and weekends, according to the city of Ashland website.

Contractor Carter and Company will repair and replace damaged concrete and level rutted travel lanes where needed between the California border and milepost 11.

In the spring and fall of 2020 and 2021, the project will include replacement of the Exit 6 bridge decks, including additional crossovers, ramp closures and ramp paving.

Over the course of the three years, the project will upgrade the concrete roadway, bridges and guardrails. The project cost is $25.7 million.

During nighttime construction, the speed limit will be posted at 40 miles per hour.

To check for delays, see tripcheck.com and look for the watch icon at either end of the work zone.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is using smart work-zone Bluetooth technology to update the estimated delay and travel times in real time.

ODOT Project Manager Chris Hunter said project staging and keeping everyone connected will prove to be a challenge.

“Interstate traffic will need to be slowed, especially those trucks coming down the grade at the crossover,” Hunter said. “At the same time, a single lane of traffic for trucks going up the grade will mean backups.”

The project began July 8. In subsequent years the project is scheduled to begin in mid-April, weather permitting, and is limited to the spring through early fall because the project area is in the Siskiyou Summit snow zone.

For more information, see www.oregon.gov/odot/projects/pages/project-details.aspx?project=18873