For the third summer in a row, the Oregon Department of Transportation is doing some extensive road work on Interstate 5 near Exit 6 (the exit used to access Mt. Ashland). These are important improvements to maintain and upgrade the roadway as well as to increase safety.
Drivers should expect delays and single lane traffic south of Ashland this week as Interstate 5 improvements begin for the third season. The pavement and bridge improvements, which modernize the transportation system, are part of the $27 million project from the California border to Ashland.
Beginning tonight, concrete barrier will be placed in the southbound lanes near the Mt. Ashland Exit 6 to eventually move traffic onto the northbound bridge over Old Siskiyou Highway. That will soon kick off the replacement of the Exit 6 southbound bridge deck replacement, which will affect I-5 traffic and Mt. Ashland area commutes.
As part of this year’s repairs, expect the following temporary closures:
- From April 8 through May 7: 30-day closure of the southbound Exit 6 on-ramp. This will allow for construction of a temporary southbound on-ramp from Old Siskiyou Highway.
- Exit 6 southbound traffic during construction: Use Old Siskiyou Highway to Exit 1 into California.
- From May 25 through June 3: 10-day Old Siskiyou Highway closure under I-5 Old Siskiyou Highway Bridge at Exit 6 for demolition of southbound bridge deck.
- Northbound traffic from west of I-5 (Mt. Ashland Ski Road, Colestin Road, etc.), will need to use Old Siskiyou Highway to Hilt to pick up northbound I-5 north to Ashland.
- East of I-5 (Callahan’s) to CA: take I-5 detour to Exit 14 Ashland then north to California.
- June 22 through mid-August: Expect only night closures for deck repairs and new protective overlay, new rail fencing.
Between now and mid-October, concrete roadway repairs and replacement will also occur in the 11-mile work zone. Speed limit in the work zone will be posted at 40 mph.
Tripcheck.com work zone camera and cell phone technology will help I-5 drivers determine delays.
An online open house is open now through April 30.
After October 15, the contractor is expected back next spring to finish the project, which has been delayed by COVID-19 and added work, including installation of new electronic message and variable speed limit signs for driver safety.