DOT to repair I-5 lanes near Bellingham in April

Published on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 by Tara Nelson

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DOT to repair I-5 lanes near Bellingham in April

By Tara Nelson

Drivers commuting between Bellingham and Birch Bay and Blaine may want to plan alternate routes during the next few months.

Beginning in April, Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT) crews will close alternate lanes to repair more than 200 cracked portions of I-5 in Bellingham, pave rough ramps and smooth approaches at bridges.

WSDOT spokesperson Dustin Terpening said construction will begin near Samish Way and extend north to Sunset Drive.

Terpening said while all work is subject to weather-related delays, crews will close one lane of the freeway at night and on weekends in order to finish the work as soon as possible.

Those four weekend-long lane closures are planned in April and May beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and ending at 6 a.m. Monday. Some on- and off-ramps will also be closed for repaving.

“We’re aiming to start the first one on the first weekend in April,” he said. “One lane will be open to drivers in that direction.” Crews will also close the southbound left lane of I-5 on March 20 to remove trees that are blocking a large highway sign.

The closure will begin at 8 a.m. at the Peace Portal interchange and extend south for one mile to milepost 273.

Crews expect to complete the work by 3 p.m. Drivers should expect minimal delays. Traffic condition updates are available by visiting www.wsdot.wa.gov.