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I-5 bridge work near Rogue River starts next week

Nighttime drivers southbound on Interstate 5 will have to detour off the freeway to bypass work on two bridges that could take up to six weeks to complete, the Oregon Department of Transportation reported.

The $2 million worth of work on two of the four Homestead Bridges will begin at 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 26. Those two southbound bridges pass over the Rogue River and Rogue River Highway. Drivers will detour at exit 48, at the town of Rogue River, and continue their journey on Highway 99 to exit 45A near Valley of the Rogue State Park, where they will get back onto I-5.

The first week, work will be performed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, ODOT spokesman Gary Leaming said. Following that, the work will be performed at the same times Sunday through Thursday.

The work will be performed by Tempe, Arizona-based Truesdell Corporation. Crews will resurface the bridge decks, make repairs to damaged concrete, install new joints and a lay down a protective coating that gives a smoother ride over the bridges.

“The work is very similar to what we did on the Medford viaduct,” Leaming said.

Work on the southbound bridges will take four to six weeks to complete. Crews will then switch to work on the northbound bridges. The same detour between exits 45A and 48 will remain in place.

Detour traffic should be low because of the time of night, but ODOT officials urged drivers to remain vigilant, as the detour route may be unfamiliar.

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