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I-5 On Ramp is Closed Until Friday

6-9 rob odotPHOENIX, Ore. — As construction on the Fern Valley Interchange moves along this week, some drivers will have to adjust their commute.

The ramp to get on Interstate 5 southbound in Phoenix is now closed while crews work on building a new, temporary ramp.

Officials expect the new ramp to be finished and open by Friday, but in the meantime have made adjustments to nearby traffic lights on Highway 99 to adjust for the increased traffic. By building the temporary ramp, officials said it allows crews a larger area to work, ultimately speeding up the construction process.

“The southbound off ramp will basically open seamlessly, the temporary one. So, we’ll close the permanent one, open the temporary one, and again, that allows the contractor to work in a wider area,” said Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Gary Leaming.

The entire 72 million dollar project is slated to finish in September 2016.