After 45 years, two bridges in the southern Rogue Valley are getting a facelift.
The Talent interchange overpass (exit 21) and the Interstate 5 northbound bridge onto Oregon 99 (exit 11) will be closed for 6-8 weeks after Labor Day for needed repairs to the bridge deck.
‘We have patches on patches on patches,’ said ODOT District Operations Coordinator Brian Sheadel. ‘There are so many patches in places that we don’t want to wait for a more expensive and longer term closure.’
When the closure is in effect, northbound interstate traffic to Talent will be signed to use Exit 19. The northbound ramp will remain open for local traffic to use Valley View, Payne, Suncrest Roads, and access northbound I-5. Southbound on-and-off ramps will also be open to provide access to Talent via West Valley View and Highway 99.
At Exit 11, northbound traffic bound for Oregon 99/Siskiyou Blvd. will need to use Exit 14. Southbound traffic will not be affected.
The repair will consist of closing the bridge, removing or milling a portion of the top bridge deck similar to the recent Medford Viaduct repair, correct defective concrete or steel reinforcements and pave the bridge with hardened microsilica concrete. Because of the bridge width, it would be impossible to repair the bridge with traffic on it.
During the deck milling, one lane of Interstate 5 directly under the machine will be closed for motorist safety. The milling portion should take 2-3 weeks and will be done at night so traffic flow will not be affected.