What's going on with the I-5 viaduct?
I remember reading something about work on the Interstate 5 viaduct through Medford. I seem to recall that workers were out there over the summer, mostly at night. Is the job finished?
— Dan C., Medford
Good memory, Dan. The Oregon Department of Transportation has been involved in the $2.5 million repair and preservation of the 70-year-old span that sits astride Bear Creek in downtown Medford.
Work should continue this week in the southbound lanes from Sunday to Thursday. The work will be during the nighttime and will involve corrective work on the joints on the bridge. The speed of the freeway in the southbound lanes will be reduced to 40 mph.
ODOT periodically has performed extensive maintenance on the viaduct, including strengthening the structure.
In 2012, ODOT added stiffeners to the beams underneath the road deck and also rewelded some areas.
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