GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Traffic heading north on Interstate 5 out of Grants Pass will likely run into delays for the next several months.
A multi-million dollar project to build a climbing lane on Mt. Sexton, as well as repaving and other improvement from Hugo to Glendale is expected to take a year or more to complete. ODOT officials say the new asphalt will be different from pavement put down here several years ago that caused some drivers a lot of trouble.
“So what we’re going to be paving the highway with now is, what’s called a dense grade mix,” Gary Leaming with ODOT explains. “It’ll shed the water but you’ll also see the traction improve as well. So it’ll be pretty uniform dense grade mix that you see elsewhere on the interstate.”
Blasting to remove a hillside to make room for the climbing lane will continue in overnight hours, probably through most of June. Leaming says that will require what are called “rolling slowdowns” between Rogue River and Glendale.