ASHLAND, Ore. — Crew members will return to work on the $26 million project restoring the roads near the Siskiyou Pass Sunday night.
In its second of three years, the rebuilding and repaving of Interstate 5 south of Ashland will begin its next phase between mileposts 6.5 and 9 on the southbound lanes.
“This early work is just like last year, only higher up the mountain,” said Josh Lonie, ODOT Consultant Project Manager.
ODOT says to factor in extra time and expect delays when traveling along I-5 south of Ashland this spring and this summer. In early April, traffic will be moved temporarily to one lane in each direction between mileposts 6.5 and 9 and the speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph. Southbound drivers, however, should expect more delays and slower speeds as trucks slow down and climb the Siskiyou Summit.
“We’ll have equipment at the ready to remove any stalled vehicles,” said ODOT Assistant District Manager Jeremiah Griffin.
During this stage, crews will be "removing and replacing concrete and reinforcing steel bars in the southbound slow lane" and repaving asphalt shoulders, according to ODOT.