Just in time for the summer travel season, the first phase of the Interstate 5 – Beacon Drive overpass is finished with the completion of the new southbound bridge.
Wildish Standard Paving crews narrowed travel lanes to a single lane in each direction last fall. They finished as expected just in time for the heavy summer travel season.
After Labor Day, Wildish crews will be back — this time to demolish and rebuild the northbound bridge. Traffic will be in a single lane in each direction until the following Memorial Day.
Construction begins on three I-5 bridges
Earth and bridgework is moving ahead on the Louse Creek bridges on Interstate 5 at exit 61.
The project will rebuild the existing interstate bridges and improve the sight distance for drivers coming off the northbound ramp.
Construction crews are minimizing traffic impacts where possible on Merlin-Galice Roads. Nighttime ramp closures with delays of up to 20 minutes will be occasionally needed.
Traffic impacts on Merlin Road
Construction crews are occasionally restricting access to the portion of Merlin Road that runs underneath I-5. Flaggers will limit delays to no more than 20 minutes during certain construction activities such as beam placement or false work construction. For bridge demolition, the road will be closed at night.
Construction crews are currently lowering Merlin Road to create a vertical clearance to accommodate tall trucks. During the excavation work, workers will restrict Merlin Road to alternating one-way traffic for a period of up to 60 days. Flaggers will direct traffic on the shared roadway.
Traffic impacts on exit 55 ramps
Nighttime work will occasionally restrict access to the northbound exit 55 ramp while workers move large equipment and during construction of framework to support the new bridge.
Flaggers will control access to the I-5 northbound ramp from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Delays may last up to 20 minutes at a time. Message boards will direct northbound motorists to use exit 58 for Grants Pass during ramp closures.