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Interstate 5 work could delay drivers

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Oregon Department of Transportation has several projects underway through Friday on Interstate 5 near Medford, Ore.

Drivers can expect delays at: South Medford Interchange Exit 27. Utility work began Monday on the east side of State Hwy. 99 between Charlotte Ann and Steward. Watch for north bound, slow lane closure, and expect congestion and possible delays on Barnett Road between Highland and Ellendale. Utility work also continues on the east side of Highland near the Barnett intersection.

Watch for traffic control and flaggers, and for equipment and trucks working near and leaving the work zone.

At Exit 30, North Medford Interchange, incidental finish work is expected throughout the project area.

At Exit 35, Seven Oaks Interchange and CORP bridges, the interstate speed limit in the project area is lowered to 55 mph. The speed limit on Blackwell Road will be lowered to 35 mph. Watch for trucks entering and leaving the work area north and southbound on I 5. Traffic control will be in place on Hwy. 99 and Blackwell Road. Watch for minor delays on these roadways, and be alert for construction equipment movement and construction personnel in the area.

•State Hwy. 62 at milepost 9-19 between Eagle Point and Shady Cove, the southbound slow lane will be closed through Friday from north of Linn Road to south of Nick Young Road for the installation of a high pressure gas line. Watch for flaggers and construction equipment during the day.

North of Coker Butte Road, watch for intermittent southbound slow lane closure for site development work.

Coos County

•U.S. Hwy. 101 from milepost 274.57 to 275.95 from 13th to Seabird Drive in Bandon. Expect single lane closures as temporary widening work begins on the west side of Hwy. 101.

At milepost 253, a slide repair will close the left lane at Beaver Hill Road. Two lanes of traffic will remain open and no delays are expected. Motorists should watch for traffic cones and equipment.

At milepost 238.96, a Coos Bay Signal rebuild will close lanes between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. on varying days.

•State Hwy. 540 at milepost 0.11, a signal rebuild at North Bend will necessitate single lane closures between 6 p.m and 10 a.m. on varying days.

•State Hwy. 42 from the north fork of the Coquille River to Guerin Lane and Myrtle Point. Expect intermittent lane closures in the project area due to maintaining for winter and preparation for paving.

At milepost 44-43, a rock scaling project at the Douglas County/Coos County line will cause delays up to 20 minutes as flaggers control traffic.

Douglas County

•I5 from milepost 125-139, the Sutherlin to Roseburg Project is complete except for final cleanup and striping. Motorists should expect occasional lane closures while the work is completed.

At milepost 113-120, the Clarks Branch-Tunnel Mill Race design-build project replaces 10 bridges and repairs two others. The project covers 68 miles of I-5 and has work in Douglas and Lane counties. Motorists should expect detours around work sites and occasional lane closures with minimal delays. Speed limit through the work zone is 55 mph, and the project is scheduled for completion in May.

At Roberts Creek Road, milepost 117.7. Northbound traffic switched to a single lane over the new bridge Monday. Crews will begin removal of the detour in this location. Two lanes of traffic will be open by the end of the week. Motorists should still expect occasional lane closures during work hours as crews complete the median work in this area. Watch for construction vehicles entering and exiting the median area.

At milepost 104-110, Myrtle Creek area bridges. The project replaces six bridges and repairs one along I5 south of Roseburg and north of Canyonville. Crews are repairing the Myrtle Creek interchange bridge.

At Myrtle Creek Interchange from milepost 107-109. Motorists should expect intermittent north and southbound single lane closures this week as repair work continues on the bridge over the Myrtle Creek interchange. Timing of the closures may depend on weather. Watch for construction crews.

At Exit 99 Southbound traffic is detoured to the northbound lanes from milepost 99.2 to 98.4. The construction of the southbound bridge is beginning. Look for flagging operations to increase on Irwin Road. Work is occurring on Creekside road and along Stanton Park road. All local businesses will remain open. Flaggers will be used intermittently to control traffic. Minor delays can be expected. Motorists should use caution and watch for construction vehicles leaving and entering the roadway.

 


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