ASHLAND, Ore. — Starting next week, Interstate-5 will be riddled with road work south of Ashland and well into Siskiyou County as both the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Caltrans begin improvement projects on the freeway.
Travelers can expect lane closures and adjustments to the speed limit between Ashland and Grenada.
The ODOT work will take place on I-5 between Exit 11 and the California border and is expected to continue into October — part of the agency's three-year project to repair the freeway.
“This repair on the Siskiyous has been high on our list,” said ODOT District Manager Jerry Marmon. “To do the scale and scope of this project will mean a better and safer interstate.”
As crews work to repair the concrete in sections, drivers will see single-lane traffic with crossovers, one at a time, to isolate traffic and the construction workers and equipment. Speeds will be reduced to 40 miles per hour in the work zone, and the Exit 11 southbound onramp will be closed.
"Drivers should expect slow moving traffic and possible back-ups, especially southbound on the climb up Siskiyou Summit," the agency said.
Meanwhile Caltrans will be working with Rocky Mountain Construction to begin a pavement preservation project in I-5 between North Yreka and Grenada, part of a $6.9 million project to remove and replace the "fatigued" top layers of asphalt along about 14 miles of roadway and the on and offramps in the area.
"Work is tentatively planned to begin on July 8. Motorists can expect lane closures and speed limit reductions in the area," Caltrans said. "On and offramp closures will also be in place in the construction area, with detour signs in place. No work will be performed on bridge decks in the area."
The California roadwork is planned between Monday and Friday during daytime hours, but Caltrans said that it expects delays to be "minimal." The agency aims to have this work finished by mid-September.