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Construction on I-5 causing slowdowns at Siskiyou summit

I went up to Mount Ashland recently with my family and was surprised to see all the construction work going on along Interstate 5. On my way back down, I couldn’t get on the freeway and ended up on the old highway that leads back down to Ashland, a road I’d never been on before. It was an unexpectedly welcome detour, I must say, because it was a very pretty old road. Can you fill me in on what’s going on along the freeway?

— Chris C., Talent

There’s a lot of roadwork going on up there, Chris, and it should smooth out the ride through this steep, twisty stretch of Interstate 5.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is investing $27 million in upgrades and maintenance from the Oregon border to milepost 11.4.

In addition to paving, the bridge at Exit 6, which leads to Mount Ashland, is undergoing extensive repair.

Much of the concrete work for the bridge deck has been completed, but expect traffic to go down to one lane in both directions between milepost 6.5 and milepost 4.5, which is at the summit. Because of the work, the construction speed limit is 40 mph.

On Old Siskiyou Highway, expect brief intermittent delays under the Exit 6 bridges.

Expect more closures through August, including the northbound Exit 6 off-ramp and intermittent closures of the northbound on-ramp. You can check on travel conditions at www.Tripcheck.com.

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