Traffic Congestion At Sexton

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MT. SEXTON, Ore. — Work is now under way to create a new climbing lane for trucks over Sexton Mountain on Interstate 5.

Concrete barriers have narrowed the traffic to two lanes, without an emergency parking area that many trucks used to use. So while contractors are clearing the hillside in preparation for excavation, drivers will have to be extra careful while climbing over the pass just north of Grants Pass.

“Motor home, trucks, buses, especially during the summer, we’re gonna have a lot more traffic coming through this work zone and the margin for pulling over is gonna be gone, because of the barrier,” said ODOT Spokesman Gary Leaming.

In addition to widening the northbound lanes on Sexton Pass, all lanes of the freeway, from Hugo to Glendale, will be re-paved within the next year or year and a half.