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A temporary media bypass lane as seen from a WSDOT I-5 traffic camera (June 16, 2020). Source: WSDOT

24-hour I-5 lane closure to begin Weds. June 17th

Officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation warn drivers to expect potential delays while they reduce southbound I-5 to one lane 24-hours-a-day beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, June 17th. This lane reduction is expected to continue until June 23rd.

The closure is to enable a WSDOT contractor to replace culverts under the roadbed.

Similar lane reductions on northbound I-5 are expected to begin in late June. Drivers are warned to expect traffic impacts on Zell Road in mid-July and the Grandview Road and Portal Way intersection in August when work to replace culverts moves to those locations.

WSDOT’s contractor, Kiewit, “is making good progress on the bypass lane” in the median between northbound and southbound I-5 lanes near the Custer Rest Areas according to WSDOT spokesperson Tom Pearce. “That will be ready once the culvert sections arrive, allowing us to maintain traffic on I-5 while we replace the old culvert under the southbound lanes.”

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Markers indicate work zone locations during the project.

Later this summer, northbound I-5 traffic will be routed onto the median bypass for 6 days. There will also be closures of Zell Road north of Willeys Lake Road and the intersection of SR 548/Grandview Road and Portal Way.

The speed limit will be reduced to 60mph through the I-5 work areas.

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