Crews to close southbound I-5

Published on Thu, Aug 5, 2010
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The Washington State Department of Transportation will close all lanes of southbound I-5 in Blaine for 12 days to repave the bridge over D Street and make the ride smoother for drivers.

Crews will close all lanes of southbound I-5 from 7 a.m. Monday, August 9, to Friday, August 20. 

Drivers will be detoured around the closure via the D Street interchange - down the off-ramp, through the roundabout and then back onto I-5 via the on-ramp.

The 12-day closure and detour should cause minor delays – less than five minutes - for the approximately7,400 drivers who use this stretch of I-5 daily.

“Along with repaving the bridge, we’re also going to replace the concrete approach slabs, which are the transitions on and off the bridge,” said project engineer Chris Damitio. “The bridge is too narrow to try and keep one lane open during the work. The bridge will be a lot smoother when we’re done.”

The bridge work is a continuation of the $2.8 million project that recently built two new roundabouts at the I-5/D Street interchange. The work is fully funded by the federal government and complements improvements the General Service Administration made at the I-5, Peace Arch border crossing.

For more project details, visit the Web page www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/blaineinterchange/.