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ODOT to resume I-5 project south of Ashland

Oregon Department of Transportation contractors began the second year of a $26 million project on Interstate 5 south of Ashland near the Siskiyou Pass on Sunday.

ODOT’s work to replace the rutted and damaged concrete road surface between Ashland and the California border is expected to cause delays as traffic will soon be limited to one lane in each direction between milepost 6.5 and 9. The speed limit in the construction zone has been lowered to 40 mph.

“This early work is just like last year, only higher up the mountain,” ODOT Consultant Project Manager Josh Lonie said.

The first stage of the work, scheduled to be completed between now and July 1, involves removing and replacing concrete and reinforcing steel bars in the southbound slow lane. Asphalt shoulders will also be repaved. ODOT will place signs, restripe lanes and erect a concrete barrier this week.

“We’ll have equipment at the ready to remove any stalled vehicles,” ODOT Assistant District Manager Jeremiah Griffin said.

Drivers can go to tripcheck.com to learn of delays and check the road cameras.

The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2021.

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